We aspire to establish Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library as the highest quality, most impactful, instantly recognized, book gifting resource that policy makers, funders, early childhood organisations and families trust to inspire a love of reading.


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Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, South Australia

A Free Book Gifting Program 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library of South Australia is a free book gifting program devoted to inspiring a love of reading in the hearts of children everywhere. Each month, enrolled children receive a high-quality, age-appropriate book in the mail, free of charge. Children receive books from birth to age five.

In 2013, a joint effort between Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and United Way Australia began. The partnership helped bring the program to Australia in 2013 making it the fourth nation and third continent to launch the Imagination Library.

How It Works

Each month, Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library mails a high-quality, age-appropriate book to all registered children, addressed to them, at no cost to the child’s family. Countless parents have shared how excited their child is when their new book arrives each month. Many groups and individuals work hard behind the scenes to make that special moment possible for each child.

The Imagination Library provides the infrastructure of the core program including managing the secure central database for the Book Order System. United Way Australia coordinates book selections and wholesale purchasing, as well as coordinating the monthly mailings. United Way Australia supports communities to deepen their impact.

United Way South Australia reach a milestone of 50,000 books gifted through Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library this year 2023 in July. since launching in 2014.

We currently have over 1000 children across the areas – Playford, Salisbury and Barossa.

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