Re-Imagining Recovery & Rebuilding Puerto Rico with Libraries

Following the close of over 280 schools across the island in the wake of Hurricanes Maria, Irma, and the debt crisis, Libraries Without Borders began providing avenues for informal learning, long-term capacity building, and sustainable recovery. Through our pop-up, mobile library, the Ideas Box, Libraries Without Borders has been transforming closed and abandoned public buildings and community centers in Loiza, Isabella, and San Juan into dynamic spaces of learning and resilience. Co-created with community leaders and civic organizations, the pilot engaged over 80 individuals who participated in workshops on 3D printing, virtual reality, environmental science, social enterprise, and dance.