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Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries

As a restricted fund of the Bush Center, the George W. Bush Institute is proud to support the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries which provides library grants to our nation’s neediest schools to expand, update, and diversify their book and print collections to help students continue to develop a love of reading and learning.

Studies have shown that the quality of a school library has a major impact on reading test scores and academic success of children. All of the elements for a good library are needed to positively affect academic achievement, such as adequate staffing, technology, and the quality of the print collection, including the date and quantity of the books.


Since its founding in 2002, the Foundation has awarded over $13.4 million to more than 2,500 schools in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, U.S. territories, and military bases. School Library funds have helped purchase more than 754,000 books and other reading materials for school libraries from 2002 to 2015.

Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Fund

A separate and special fund was raised for the “Gulf Coast School Library Recovery Initiative” to help rebuild school library collections affected by the devastation of the 2005 Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Between 2006 and 2012, the Foundation awarded more than $6.4 million in grants to 124 schools in the Gulf Coast area.

Learn more at www.laurabushfoundation.org


awarded in funds to over 2,700 schools

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Applications for 2016-2017 grants have closed.  Application and eligibility details are available at the Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries website.

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“Tremendous thanks to Mrs. Bush and the Foundation for this opportunity to benefit Liberty Middle School’s high-need student population through helping to expand and enhance their school library’s collection with updated, relevant, high-interest traditional and electronic books and resources. Students, teachers, parents and school leaders are thrilled!  Special thanks for the Foundation’s dedication to helping all children develop a love of reading, especially our own Liberty Patriots!”
- CJeannie Floyd, Orange County Public Schools (2016 recipient) Orlando, FL

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