The majority of the functionally illiterate adults in Europe use the language of instruction – that is, the languages of the different official school systems – as their first language. However, changes in Europe’s demographic composition makes it increasingly important to discuss second language aspects of all literacy related issues. In order to narrow down the scope, the Workshop in Botkyrka will therefore have a second language approach to functional illiteracy. Its focus will be on library work that relates to basic literacy skills among adults with first languages other than the majority language in the country where they live. Special attention will be paid to literacy problems among adults that stem from a lack of professionally led schooling during childhood.