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Pioneering spirit in in shanty towns and mountain villages

Banco del Libro is a non-profit institution headquartered in Caracas, Venezuela. It was set up in 1960 as a centre for the exchange of textbooks – hence the name, which means Book Bank. Since then, with great creativity and flexibility, Banco del Libro has grown and branched out to promote reading in Venezuela, in every conceivable arena and genre of children’s literature.

Quick facts

Name Banco del Libro
Founded 1960
Country Venezuela
Profession Organisation
Award year 2007

The jury’s motivation

"In a true pioneering spirit, with ingenuity and a sheer determination, the Banco del Libro has constantly sought new ways of disseminating books and promoting reading among children in Venezuela. Enthusiasm, professionalism, closeness to the children and a refreshing lack of bureaucracy are the hallmarks of the Banco del Libro’s work, whether in shanty towns, mountain villages, universities or out in cyberspace."

Like Pippi Longstocking, we have embarked on countless adventures. We have used knapsacks and boxes, traveled in bookmobiles, boats, and fiber optic, always in the quest of defending children’s right to have books.

- Banco del Libro