This summer, the University of Westminster is helping St Edward’s Primary School located in the Church Street Ward in Marylebone to create a library.

The Book Appeal project aims to help promote the importance of reading and re-using books by donating unwanted books at collection points across the University as well as offering volunteering opportunities for cataloguing books and participating in reading sessions. By donating and volunteering, University staff and students will be supporting the local community and making a real difference to children’s literacy.

The project provides a sustainable way to dispose of unwanted books by diverting them from landfill. It also complements the University’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme. Embedding internationalisation, employability and green-thinking in everything the University does is a key mission listed in the Westminster 2020 strategy.

The Corporate Social Responsibility team at the University of Westminster commented on the aims of the project, saying: “This celebration of literacy will enable hundreds of children to access books, develop their reading skills and inspire a better future. Staff and student support is at the very heart of the project so please consider donating a book, old or new, in support of our local community.”

All books for children aged 3–11 years will be donated directly to St Edward’s Primary School. All other books will be resold by Better World Books to support the library project. Better World Books is a social enterprise, supporting literacy and spreading sustainability through the resale and reuse of books across the UK.

The book appeal will run until the end of August 2015.

If you would like to get involved and catalogue books or volunteer for reading sessions, or if you have any innovative ideas for supporting the library project, contact our CSR Co-ordinator Ella Moore at [email protected].

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