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Luang Prabang Public Library - a great way to give back in Laos

Luang Prabang Public Library - a great way to give back in Laos

While exploring Luang Prabang, Laos, don’t overlook the unassuming Luang Prabang Public Library. The library is much more than just a place to borrow books; in fact, it’s a great organization that encourages literacy and education throughout Laos. Be sure to include a visit to the Luang Prabang Public Library, which is located nearby to the old Royal Palace and the Haw Phra Bang.

visiting the Luang Prabang Public Library

visiting the Luang Prabang Public Library

There’s a small shop at the library where visitors can buy books - new and used. Many are about Laos, but there are plenty of new and used books on a wide variety of subjects in many languages (mainly English and French). You can also buy souvenirs and traditional Lao handicrafts. The cool thing is that proceeds from buying a book or souvenir goes to funding the library’s literacy efforts. Additionally, visitors can make a small donation. Just $2 can buy books for the “library boat”, which travels along the rivers of the country bringing books to remote and otherwise inaccessible locations.

library in luang prabang

As an English teacher, I believe that literacy and education are so important. Laos has had a painful and difficult history, but through education, hopefully the country will continue to develop and grow. Even if you don’t want to buy anything at the library, I suggest at least looking around and learning a little bit about the programs that the library sponsors to help rural kids throughout Laos learn how to read.

mural at luang prabang library

And, why not take home a souvenir that goes directly to promoting one of the worthiest causes - education.

supporting the luang prabang library at the shop

The Luang Prabang Public Library is located just down the road from the Royal Palace.

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The library is open daily from 9:00am until 4:00pm.

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