Librii

Empowerment

Through Access

Welcome to Librii

A digitally-enhanced, revenue-generating library on the frontiers of broadband connectivity.

New Challenges, New Libraries

Challenge

Many parts of the world lack access to basic information resources. Today, more than one billion people live in Africa, yet less than 20% of the population has access to broadband internet and the wealth of information it provides.

Opportunity

Libraries are where the greatest amount of information is provided to the most people at the least cost. Design and delivery of a library specifically designed for emerging markets represents a significant opportunity for positive social impact.

Librii

Librii is a library specialized to meet Africa’s information demand with educational services, high-end digital resources, and books. Our collaborative environment encourages users to access information, acquire new skills and generate knowledge.

Librii Team

David Dewane
/ Founder + Executive Director

David is an architect, entrepreneur, and educator with a background is in ecologically and socially equitable design. He is a graduate of Rice University and is currently a Halcyon Fellow.
@daviddewane

John Clemow
/ Director of Operations

John has worked for a range of NGOs handling management, fundraising, program development, and finance. He has studied business at Tulane and Columbia.
@johnclemow

Rachel Dewane
/ Design Director

Rachel’s expertise is in speculative design that focuses on dynamics of change in the 21st century city. She is a graduate of Rice University and teaches architecture in Washington DC.
@racheldewane

Roque Sanchez
/ Chief Engineering Officer

Roque served as an Energy and Climate Change Senior Policy Analyst in the White House. He acquired engineering degrees from Rice University, where he led the school’s Solar Decathlon.
@roquesanchez

Aubrei Barton
/ Grants Manager

Aubrei is a Case Manager for the International Rescue Committee. She attended Loyola University Maryland and the University of Ghana, studying global studies & international business.
@aubreibarton

Brandon Hendricks
/ Project Architect

Brandon specializes in understanding architectural systems in relation to ecological and urban contexts. He is a member of the Gensler’s Houston office mixed-use studio.
@brandonhendricks

Julia Austin

Blade Network, Boston

Dan Brown

Harvard Business School, Boston

Josiah Eyison

iSpace, Accra Ghana

Jeff Frey

MD Anderson, Houston

Jerry Gehm

Gensler, Houston

Traey Hatch

Sherman Foundation, Houston

Paul Gabie

Saena Partners, Singapore

Regina Agyare

Soronko Solutions, Accra, Ghana

Jane McGonnigal

Institute for the Future, San Francisco

Hayford Siaw

Street Library, Accra, Ghana

Guy St. Clair

Columbia University, New York

Nathan Verrill

Megatherium Labs, St. Louis

Partners and Supporters

Thank you to each of our 655 backers from 30 countries for your continued support, from our Kickstarter campaign onward! A special thanks to the ongoing supporters of Librii’s prototype construction currently underway in Washington DC, as well as our partners around the globe.

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