Frequently Asked Questions
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The Frequently Asked Questions section is divided into three areas: Potential Schools and Orphanages questions, Volunteer questions, and Donor questions. Please click on the links below to go to the appropriate section.
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We need books in our school or orphanage. What is the first step?
The first step is to contact us. She will get the process moving forward quickly. Once your elementary school or orphanage is approved, it can take as little as two months for you to receive your library.
Do you provide books to middle schools, high schools, or universities?
We are currently focused on providing libraries to only elementary schools. To be more specific, we only provide libraries to remote elementary schools that lack the necessary funding for a quality library. Please check out our Adopt a Library page on our website for a better idea of the elementary schools and orphanages that we currently donate libraries to.
What kinds of books do you provide?
The Library Project provides a wide range of local language children’s books that include: history, science, short stories, fairy tales, books for very young readers, children’s dictionaries, children’s reference books, and an assortment of comic books. Each school also receives a full set of children’s encyclopedias for older students. Every book is in full color and of the highest print quality.
Do you provide new or used books?
The Library Project provides both new and used local language children's books. Most of our library donations have up to 20% used books. We make sure that the used books we provide are "like new" and are of the highest quality. We provide used books for two main reasons, it gets the local community involved in improving their elementary school and orphanage libraries, and it allows us to provide quality libraries for around $3,000.
My school is very small; we have less than twenty students in attendance. Are we too small to receive a library donation?
No. The Library Project focuses on schools that have student numbers between 4 and 100 children as these schools tend to be in the greatest need of a library donation. Please email our China Country Director for more information.
Can I volunteer my time?
We always need volunteers. Please contact us to get started.
Can I organize a fundraiser?
Absolutely and we encourage it. Our libraries cost less than $3,000; therefore, it is very easy to raise enough money at a single event for at least one library donation. Please feel free to contact Tom Stader, The Library Project’s Founder anytime about how to get started.
What kind of volunteers does The Library Project need?
Our volunteer page has loads of information on how to get involved.
Does it cost anything to volunteer at The Library Project?
The Library Project does not charge a fee to volunteer, and we never will. All we ask is that volunteers cover their own expenses such as food, transportation, and living costs.
My company, school or group would like to organize a book collection. Is that ok?
Where do we begin? Absolutely. We have developed a very informative Book Collection How-to-Guide that provides detail on how to put together a book collection quickly and easily. The guide is meant to be a starting point for planning a book collection. The guide contains step-by-step instructions, posters ready for downloading, photos, and contact information for Library Project staff members that are here to support you. Please click here to check out how to get started.
I'm tired of emailing charities and not getting a response. Are you really going to respond?
We guarantee that our Volunteer Coordinator at The Library Project will respond to your email. Please email in English, Chinese, or Vietnamese, and allow about one week for us to get back to you. In most cases you'll hear from us within 24 hours, but sometimes we are donating libraries and are away from the Internet for extended periods of time.
Is The Library Project a registered charity in the USA?
The Library Project is an IRS registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, which takes great pride in our financial efficiency, our accountability to donors, and our transparency. We strive to use every dollar contributed as efficiently as possible. To download a copy of our Determination Letter for your records, please click here. To check out our filing on the IRS website, please click here.
Does The Library Project have a Chinese partner?
Our legal Chinese partner is the China Population Welfare Foundation. They are a Chinese Government Charity based out of Beijing, China. They are a huge reason why we are able to provide high quality libraries in so many remote areas of China. We issue Chinese "fapiaos" (official receipts) in the China Population Welfare Foundation's name for local Chinese donors.
Does The Library Project have a Board of Directors?
Yes. The Library Project has an incredible Executive and Advisory Board of Directors. For more information about our board and our expanding team, please check out Our Team page.
How many books and libraries have your donated to date? (December 31, 2011)
To date, The Library Project has established over 600 libraries in China and Vietnam with over 350 more library donations planned by the end of 2012. We've put more than 300,000 Chinese language children's books into the hands of eager young readers. Over 250,000 children now have access to improved educational infrastructure.
What percentage of my donation will go toward project specific costs like books and libraries, and what percentage goes toward administrate costs?
With each contribution, 82% goes directly toward our program costs, for such necessary items as children's books, tables, chairs, librarian training courses, and logistics. Only18% of your donation goes toward overhead for rent, utilities, and wages.
Does The Library Project publish an Annual Report?
Yes. The Library Project publishes an Annual Report that is completed at the end of January. Our Annual Reports have a lot of information on our programs, results and how we spent our funds each year. Our Annual Reports can be found on our Financials page.
Can I pick the elementary school or orphanage that my donation will go toward?
Yes. You can pick the elementary school or orphanage that you would like your donation to go toward. Every elementary school and orphanage is very different from each other in size, student numbers, and project area.
Can $3,000 really provide an entire library to an elementary school or orphanage?
Absolutely! Not only that, but we provide the highest quality tables, chairs, bookshelves, and between 500 to 1,000 local language children's books to each elementary school and orphanage. These are the best libraries that we can provide, because the children deserve nothing less.
Can I donate English books to The Library Project?
The cost of shipping English language books to Asia is prohibitive. We do accept Chinese or Vietnamese language children's books for ages kindergarten through grade 6. For more information, please click here.
How can I make a donation?
There are a number of ways that you can make financial donations, but the easiest way is by clicking on that big green Donate Now button in the upper right corner of this page.
What proof will I receive of the adopted library's completion that I funded?
The Library Project has developed an Adopt a Library Program. This program is a great way for people to make a substantial difference in the lives of children living in the developing world. You will receive photos and regular updates throughout the process of your library donation.
Is The Library Project a religious organization?
No. The Library Project is not a religious organization.
What is The Library Project's Tax-ID #?
The Library Project's Tax-ID # is 20-1347443. To check out our filing on the IRS website, please click here.
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