Our mission is to level the literacy playing field for K-8 students living in poverty by providing high quality, high-interest, culturally relevant books, and a transformed school library space that invites students to spend time and read.

We provide books to low-income 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 in Southern California has donated more than a million books, and each year, approximately 18,000 pre-kindergarten through middle school-aged children participate in our program. Access Books Bay Area is now bringing this important work to the schools of the San Francisco Bay Area.

So many low-income children never leave the five block radius of their home. Books can give them another world.

"Give a child a book and she'll be happy. Give a child a library and she'll be literate."

- Rebecca Constantino, founder of Access Books in Los Angeles


Access Books Bay Area has been in operation in the San Francisco Bay Area since 2016. Our southern california chapter has been in operation for over 10 years. Together we have made quite an impact!

Total number of children served


(and counting)

Total number of libraries refurbished


(and counting)

Total number of books given


(and counting)

Spread the word! The more people who find out about the work of Access Books Bay Area, the more school libraries we can improve, and the more students' lives we can impact. So post a link to our site on your Facebook page or include it in your email-signature. Encourage your friends and family who care about literacy to donate or volunteer their time. You can always donate anonymously. And if you really believe in our work, please consider becoming an ongoing funder by signing up for recurring monthly donations.