Biblioburro – A different kind of Mobile Library

Biblioburro – a true story from Colombia

This a fantastic true story about a librarian, and a library quite unlike any other……

At the start of his teaching career, Luis realized that some students were having difficulty learning. To help bridge the learning gap, he decided to personally bring books to the many children who didn’t have easy access.

 Two days a week Luis leaves his wife and three young children to travel to select villages (up to four hours each way) – aboard a donkey named Alfa. A second donkey, Beto, follows behind, toting additional books and a sitting blanket. They visit 15 villages on a rotating basis. At each village, some 40-50 youngsters await their chance to get homework help, learn to read or listen to any variety of tall tales, adventure stories and geography lessons Luis has prepared.

You will find the fantastic book ” Biblioburro – a true story of Colombia”                          (based on Luis and his devoted donkey team), in the Children’s section of the Library.

You can also watch Luis and his burro’s here:


About HB Williams Memorial Library Staff

The HB Williams Memorial Library includes five community libraries and supports the multi-cultural community of Gisborne and the East Coast of New Zealand.
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