Cicilline Announces New Initiative to Provide Free Books to Rhode Island Libraries and Schools

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

PAWTUCKET – U.S. Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) announced that his office will take part in the Library of Congress’s Surplus Book Program, which allows Members of Congress to donate surplus books from the Library of Congress to local schools and non-profit organizations.


“I’m excited to announce that I’m bringing the Surplus Book Program to the First District. The program will provide new resources for young people in Rhode Island,” said Cicilline. “In the weeks ahead, I’ll be working with my staff to secure surplus books from the Library of Congress to provide to libraries throughout the district.”


In order to participate in the Surplus Book Program, organizations must be located in the First Congressional District and fall into one of the following categories:


  • Full-time, tax-supported or nonprofit educational institutions: schools, school systems, colleges, universities, museums, and public libraries;
  • Agencies of local, state, or federal government;
  • Nonprofit institutions or organizations that have tax-exempt status under the provisions of section 501 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 (see 41 CFR 101-44.207 (a)(17)) and that operates a library and/or research center open to the public.


Eligible organizations should contact Jakub Lis in Cicilline’s Pawtucket office.


“This program will give more members of our community access to first-rate literary publications, added Cicilline. “I’m looking forward to seeing the impact of this new initiative in Rhode Island.”

To learn more about the Surplus Book Program please visit


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