IEI Libraries

‘There are 1,63,000 public primary schools in Pakistan’ (UNESCO).
The total number of school libraries is 7, 000 (IFLA world report, 2010).

That makes only 4% primary schools with access to libraries.
We are on a mission to create access to books and digital tools in remote public schools!
Libraries established
Communities Reached
Books Collected in Donations

Launched in 2016 with our pilot programme in the remote village of Misgar in the Gojal area of Hunza, IEI Libraries are an integral part of the work we do to support the provision of quality education opportunities for children in remote public schools in Gilgit Baltistan. Each library is a colorful, inspiring space with interiors carefully curated by our team of artists and architects using concepts of learning space design to offer a flexible and engaging learning experience to children. Equipped with books and computers, these libraries create access to basic resources that are an important part of a school’s offerings.

Since the set up of the first library in 2016, we have received powerful feedback indicating that the libraries are helping children build connections with books and reading, improving the reading culture in the community at large, and supporting literacy improvement efforts. The addition of digital tools, like computers and multimedia, is creating access to technology and promoting digital literacy. 

The availability of computers and multimedia are enhancing the digital access of low-technology communities. Anecdotal evidence received from the school administration, parents and community members also indicates the powerful role of IEI libraries in creating community-wide impact for sustainable literacy improvement support.

Impact: From creating access to community wide change​

Book Donation
Improved Reading

Access to an extensive collection of books across genres develops an interest and love for reading in children
from an early age.

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Access to digital resources

Digital resources create limitless access to learning opportunities for children living in isolated and low-resource mountain valleys.

Community wide reading culture

Libraries created in partnership with communities instill a
sense of ownership for the functionality of the space,
which fosters a community wide reading culture.

learning outcomes
Improved learning outcomes

Improved reading habits and access to digital resources naturally results in improved learning outcomes for children.

Get Involved

Getting involved is easy! 

Organize a book drive

Organize a book drive for IEI Libraries and collect book donations from your circles. Then ,post them to IEI's office address and we'll take them to our libraries!


Donate to help us set-up a library space equipped with computers, multimedia, shelves, tables, chairs, carpets and computers. You can also help
our libraries go solar powered!

Run a fundraising campaign

Run a fundraising campaign and help us establish a new library at a public school in a remote mountain village.

We are looking to partner with individuals and organisations for our programme’s execution. If you have any ideas or proposals to support IEI Libraries, reach out to us today at 

Architect's Involved

Sherbaz Khan

Volunteer Architect, 2016-2017

Ibex & Turles, Hunza

Saddam Hussain

Volunteer Architect, 2019

Archoholics, Gilgit

Waseem Jamal

Volunteer Architect, 2022

Studio 9.0, Hunza

Our past library projects