Dolly Parton's Imagination Library

The more books in the home, the better the school and life outcomes for children.

The research is clear – just 15 minutes a day of reading with a child is enough to help build the literacy and developmental skills needed to start school ready to read, learn and succeed.

That’s why United Way Australia is partnering with communities across the country to bring Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to thousands of children in some of our most vulnerable communities.

This monthly home delivered book program brings the magic of a library into the home, with a gift of a book every month free of charge to families before school begins. Every child in the program is given quality, physical books to keep for their very own, kickstarting a lifelong love of reading and helping them reach their full potential!

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Featured Partner:
Community of Tamworth

Places for our newest Imagination Library are now available!
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Featured Case Study:
Charlotte’s Story

Find out how the Imagination Library is helping turn the page for some of Australia’s most vulnerable children.

Featured Video:
Welcome from Dolly

Imagination Library founder Dolly Parton has a special message inviting us all to play our part in helping children read, learn and be more.

Imagination Library Partners and Supporters

United Way Australia thanks our incredible dedicated community groups around the country – as well as to our own generous partners and supporters – for helping support almost 50 local Australian Imagination Libraries, each bringing quality free books and literacy resources to children aged 0-5.

Our Supply Partners:

Our Community Partners

  • Anglicare
  • Ardoch Youth Foundation
  • Barnados
  • Benevolent Society
  • Berry Street
  • Communities for Children
  • Connections
  • Explore & Develop
  • Gailes Community House
  • Inner Wheel
  • Koolkan Community Centre
  • Leichardt One Mile Community Centre
  • Mission Australia


  • Mundubbera Public School
  • Noah’s Ark
  • Nurturing Literacy Inc
  • OzChild
  • Paint the Town REaD
  • Pormpur Paanthu Aboriginal Corporation
  • Quantum Support Services
  • Save the Children
  • St Luke Anglicare
  • The White Feather Foundation
  • Victorian Aboriginal Childcare Agency
  • Wesley Mission
  • YMCA

Our Rotary Partners:

  • Rotary Club of Albert Park
  • Rotary Club of Bayswater
  • Rotary Clubs of Illawarra
  • Rotary Club of Macarthur Sunrise
  • Rotary Club of Goodna
  • Rotary Club of Gympie
  • Rotary Club of Healesville
  • Rotary Club of Noble Park
  • Rotary Club of Redcliffe
  • Rotary Club of Salisbury & Salisbury State School
  • Rotary Club of Fairy Meadow