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National Library Initiative


For a woman fleeing an abusive relationship, the immediacy of danger often means leaving home with only her children and the clothes on their backs.

JWI helps ease this traumatic upheaval by creating children's libraries in domestic violence shelters - transforming basic spaces into comforting havens with colorful furniture and rugs, hundreds of new books, computers and toys.

For kids whose lives have been upended by violence, JWI libraries provide a safe place to relax, escape into a book, and keep up with homework when they're most at risk of falling behind in school.

Our goal is to complete 100 fully-furnished new libraries in shelters across the country, and continually restock the shelves as each child leaves the shelter with a favorite book in hand, ready to start a new life.

JWI Shelter Libraries


Many shelters have expressed a need for a JWI children's library. If you're interested in establishing one in any of the states marked with a blue pin, please email Lisa Register or call 202.464.4805.

(Click the pins for details; click the icon at the top left corner of the map for lists.)