DIBS' web-based software helps elementary teachers turn their classrooms into book distribution points. We exist to help teachers address the fact that over 60% of kids growing up in poverty don't have access to a single age-appropriate book in their home. Through DIBS' QR code technology, teachers lend books with students directly from their classrooms in a student-led way – leading to 80+ books taken home on average per student, per school year.

To purchase 80+ books for each student to keep would be $250 per student – through DIBS' high-tech lending approach you can distribute the same amount of books for $13 per student per year.

DIBS also builds a powerful feedback loop for donors who want to give back to their communities and schools: every book donated for $3.55 is read, on average, 9+ times during its lifetime with DIBS, and our auto-generated donor reports allow them to isolate and track the exact impact of the books they purchase.

Since our first single-classroom pil...
DIBS' web-based software helps elementary teachers turn their classrooms into book distribution points. We exist to help teachers address the fact that over 60% of kids growing up in poverty don't have access to a single age-appropriate book in their home. Through DIBS' QR code technology, teachers lend books with students directly from their classrooms in a student-led way – leading to 80+ books taken home on average per student, per school year.

To purchase 80+ books for each student to keep would be $250 per student – through DIBS' high-tech lending approach you can distribute the same amount of books for $13 per student per year.

DIBS also builds a powerful feedback loop for donors who want to give back to their communities and schools: every book donated for $3.55 is read, on average, 9+ times during its lifetime with DIBS, and our auto-generated donor reports allow them to isolate and track the exact impact of the books they purchase.

Since our first single-classroom pilot in 2012 with 25 students we have grown to serve over 50 local classrooms and 1,000 local DIBS Kids – and we have distributed over 250,000 books within the local community.

DIBS has built $250,000+ of local annual funding for DIBS-Omaha, and is now poised to introduce our model (and our "infinite" book shelves) beyond Omaha.
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Employees

David Orrick
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David Orrick CEO Founder of DIBS. Social entrepreneur with extensive classroom experience (TFA) and private sector experience

Recommendations

Mike English

I am really excited about the project proposed by DIBS. As schools transition from central libraries to classroom libraries, the solution provided by DIBS is critical.

David Oliver Attorney at Berkowitz Oliver LLP

I Have known David Orrick who heads DIBS for a number of years. I serve on the board of DIBS and regularly interact with David and am very familiar with the operations,of the organization. I recommend it most highly. I would like to see it expand in Kansas City.