WE ADVOCATE FOR LIBRARIES TO ADVANCE DEVELOPMENT
Librarians scan the computers at the Bwera Information Centre and Community Library in Kasese District in Western Uganda.
Librarians are teaching farmers new skills in Bwera Information Centre and Community Library in Kasese District in Western Uganda.

THE CHALLENGE

There are more than 230,000 public libraries in developing countries. Known and trusted in their communities, staffed by trained librarians, and increasingly connected to the internet, they are uniquely positioned to change lives and build strong communities.

But this opportunity remains untapped, because in developing and transition economy countries public libraries are still mostly viewed as quiet spaces for books and study, and are not equipped with technology and the computers and the internet.

The EIFL Public Library Innovation Programme (EIFL-PLIP) helps address this challenge through advocacy to change perceptions of public libraries.

Impact assessment results proved the success of our project and this played a crucial role in ensuring support from government and other institutions. The results helped us to develop essential partnerships and to expand our project to nine more municipalities!

- Laima Lapiniene, coordinator of Utena 'A. and M. Miskiniai' Public Library‘s 'Play to Study' project

FACTS

1

Just 5% of people in Africa associate public libraries with computers and internet access.

2

13.9 million Europeans use public access computing services at their public libraries.