Innovative Libraries

Since 2006, our Innovative Libraries grant program has supported capacity-building projects in developing countries across the globe through training, education, infrastructure digitization and preservation of information. With more than 10 years, 50 grants, and ca $2.5 million investment, we have provided libraries with grants supporting global health and research ecosystems.

In 2016, we wrapped up our Innovative Libraries program and launched two new sustainability-driven programs: Innovations in Health Information and Research in Developing Countries. Using a partnership model, the programs foster the delivery of healthcare in developing countries and widening access to academic knowledge. Research in Developing Countries does this through three main partnerships: a new Publishers without Borders module with the African Journal Partnership Program, an expanded Librarians without Borders program, and the TWAS North South Collaboration for Sustainability.

Please read more about our new programs.

Evidence-based healthcare in Africa

5 steps to evidence-based health care in Africa

Workshops teach skills for retrieving evidence-based literature and implementing it in clinical practice Three of the United Nation’s eight Millennium Development Goals pertain to health: to reduce child… Read more

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Vision librarians tackle avoidable blindness

Vision librarians tackle avoidable blindness

Globally, 285 million people are blind or visually impaired, two-thirds of them women and 90% live in developing countries. Poverty and blindness are often linked: people who are… Read more

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Documenting an epidemic: University of Cape Town Library builds HIV/AIDS video archive

Photos and videos capture the experience in South Africa, where more than 5.5 million are afflicted More than 5.5 million people in South Africa are afflicted with HIV… Read more

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Assessing Medical Library Needs for an Eritrean Future

Assessing Medical Library Needs for an Eritrean Future

Elsevier Foundation awards the GWU Medical Center Training project a $50,000 grant Talent and drive are abundant in Eritrea, but poor infrastructure—low bandwidth, few computers, books or trained… Read more

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Kenyan Librarians Serve Health Workers through Innovative Health Corners

Kenyan Librarians Serve Health Workers through Innovative Health Corners

A three year project in 15 public libraries to improve access to health information Since the 1960’s, Book Aid International and Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) have worked… Read more

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"Librarians Without Borders®" Trains Librarians in Africa, Asia & Latin America

“Librarians Without Borders®” Trains Librarians in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Providing Critical Online Research Skills Training The Medical Library Association/Librarians Without Borders® (LWB) and Elsevier first teamed up in 2007 with the launch of the “E-Library Training Initiative”… Read more

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Thai Nguyen University Library in Vietnam Builds Foundational Skills to Advance Scholarship

Thai Nguyen University Library in Vietnam Builds Foundational Skills to Advance Scholarship

In developing countries, libraries are often a hub of activity not only for information resources and services, but also for building foundational skills and knowledge within various user… Read more

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Building an HIV/AIDS Information Hub

Building an HIV/AIDS Information Hub

Centre International Reference de “Chantal Biya” in Yaounde, Cameroon In October 2010, Elsevier’s Library Connect interviewed Odile Ouwe Missi Oukem, PhD, and Appolinaire Djikeng, PhD, about their project to develop… Read more

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Translating Knowledge into Practice for Uganda's Rural Health Clinics

Translating Knowledge into Practice for Uganda’s Rural Health Clinics

In January 2010, Elsevier’s Library Connect covered Makerere University’s unique project. At Makerere University in Uganda, finding ways to share knowledge and information throughout a country with limited internet access… Read more

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"Librarians Without Borders®" Trains Librarians in Africa, Asia and Latin America

“Librarians Without Borders®” Trains Librarians in Africa, Asia and Latin America

Providing Critical Online Research Skills Training The Medical Library Association and Elsevier first teamed up in 2007 with the launch of “Librarians Without Borders®” to provide critical online… Read more

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