Our mission is twofold: to provide quality, high-interest books to school, classroom and community libraries in the greater Southern California area and to provide a warm and welcoming environment for reading. In this process, different communities work together around the love of books.
We provide books to inner-city schools where at least 90 percent of students live at or below the poverty line. Most students at the schools we serve are children of color and children of immigrants. Since 1999, Access Books has donated more than a million books in Southern California, and each year, approximately 18,000 pre-kindergarten through middle school-aged children participate in our program. Since COVID 19, we have pivoted to provide book bundles for underserved students.