Pelita Pustaka program builds or renovates school libraries and promotes the use of the library as a comfortable place where students can obtain various educational information and improve their interest in reading.

Pelita Pustaka strongly supports schools in areas where access to information is limited. We make use of unused space in schools to create a small library or reading corner and donate various reading materials to the area. We train teachers to be librarians capable of managing small libraries to ensure maintenance and accessibility of reading materials.

To ensure that students have access to a breadth of book collections, we implement a book rotating system among schools located in the same cluster. There are approximately 6 schools in one cluster, each with an initial donation of 120 books. Tanoto Foundation trains teachers and librarians to facilitate book rotation every 2-3 months so that students constantly have access to new book collections without having to waste old ones. Furthermore, the cluster system also enables librarians from different schools to network, share experience, and improve the system.

As of December 2015 we have:

  • Renovated and built libraries in 186 schools
  • Donated over 32,000 books
  • Trained more than 1,800 teachers in library management

Majority of schools surveyed found  Pelita Pustaka  book rotation system beneficial. This is because the system optimizes the use of limited book collections in each school cluster and offers networking opportunities amongst librarians from different schools.


Teachers in this school are happy with their job. The school has many activities despite the limited resources that the schools have. With Tanoto Foundation’s help, our teaching technique is now comparable to the teachers out there. We do things differently now. Learning activities becomes fun and exciting.

Daryono, Teacher of Madrasah Ibtidaiyah Negeri Lubuk Kembang Sari, Riau

Children became more attentive during learning sessions. They are very happy with the playground facility in the center’s backyard. The spacious classroom also helps teachers to create learning corners for students activities. Thank you, Tanoto Foundation

Siti Maryam, The Principal of PAUD Bougenville 011, North Jakarta