Project Cicero is an annual non-profit book drive designed to create and supplement classroom libraries in under-resourced New York City public schools.
Since its inception in 2001, Project Cicero has distributed 3,250,000 new and gently used books to more than 20,000 New York City classrooms, reaching over 700,000 students. We receive donations from more than 100 independent, public, and parochial schools each year, and also receive generous contributions from many publishers.
Over 1,200 teachers from all over New York City including hundreds of teachers from the NYC Teaching Fellows and Teach For America New York select books at our distribution in early March each year. More than 1000 student, parent, and teacher volunteers assist in all aspects of collecting and distributing the books.
Project Cicero is a partnership of independent, public, and parochial schools, The New York Society Library, Vornado Realty Trust, and New York Post.
On-line donations of new books may be made through this website by clicking “Wish List.” Listed books are in great demand by participating teachers. Monetary donations are also welcome and may be made through this website by clicking “Contact Us.”
A room without books is like a body without a soul.
—Marcus Tullius Cicero
Project Cicero is named in honor of the Roman writer, statesman, orator and philosopher Marcus Tullius Cicero, who created extensive libraries in the first century, B.C. He shared his love of literature and learning, just as Project Cicero seeks to do.