Together with the city of Espoo and other partners from the library sector such as the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), the German Library Association, the Finnish Library Association and the Central and Regional Library in Berlin, we are implementing an action to strengthen public libraries at European level in the framework of the Urban Agenda.
As part of the action, we have now published a survey on funding structures for public libraries in European cities: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/PublicLibrariesFinancing
Public libraries, often referred to as third places, are lighthouses for education, exchange, inspiration and citizen engagement in European cities. However, they are rather invisible on the European agenda. The aim of the survey is to obtain an overview of funding structures of public libraries in Europe and to observe if and how EU funds are already being used by public libraries to implement innovations and projects that are not covered by regular funding.
It would be great if as many public libraries as possible from as many EU member states as possible could answer the survey. The submission is open until 25 October 2021 to any public library from a European city with more than 90,000 inhabitants.
In order to obtain a broad database from which meaningful findings can subsequently be derived, we would like to ask for your support:
We invite you to respond to the survey and encourage participation within your network so that funding conditions for public libraries can be analyzed and improved!
More detailed information on the survey can be found on the first page of it: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/PublicLibrariesFinancing
We thank you very much for your support.
If any queries arise, please feel free to contact me.
Best regards from Berlin,
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