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Literature can change lives. That’s why we collect good books and donate carefully curated libraries to institutions working with children and young people in difficult circumstances.








Read for your life

Read for Your life is a nonprofit organization that was founded in 2012 by Rachel Röst. She is an author, has a master’s degree in literary science and is Head of Communications at Read for Your Life. She herself was placed in a residential care institution at the age of 16 and books have had a profound impact on the trajectory of her life.

Read for Your Life has a salaried staff and more than 40 volunteers. Our offices are located in Copenhagen and also contains our massive book collection.

Since 2012 we have donated more than 300 libraries to institutions throughout Denmark. That’s over 175,000 books at a total value of 26 million Danish kroner.

Rachel Röst has personally received numerous awards for her work with Read for Your Life and the organization itself has also won several awards. In 2020 we received the Egmont Foundations anniversary award “Because we fight for children!” and 1 million Danish kroner.

Since 2012, Read for Your Life has donated 349 libraries to institutions throughout the country. That’s approximately 175 000 books worth more than 26 million kroner (approximately 3.7 million US dollars).
Rachel Röst has personally been awarded numerous prizes for her work in building the organization, and Read for Your Life has also received several awards.


Head of Secretariat

Laura Emilie Buch Rahbek
phone: +45 53 57 20 66


Founder and Head of Communications

Rachel Röst
phone: +45 31 57 90 49


Head of Volunteering and Libraries

Lærke Bohlbro
phone: +45 61 72 73 05


Project manager

Emma Louise McKay



Christian Munk Petersen



Caroline Sehested


Board member

Alice Zabell


Board member

Christine Bødtcher-Hansen

Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.

J.R.R. Tolkien

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