Literacy for all – European Library Network is a public library network regarding literacy among adults and the role of the library.
Towards a public library collaboration in Europe
Literacy is a foundation for most library activities, and the legitimacy and identity of the public library institutions in Europe are closely connected to the work European societies do for democratic development. Due to the fact that literacy is a question of democracy and democratization, it is obvious that the public libraries of Europe has a role to play in reducing functional illiteracy. It is stated in UNESCO Public Library Manifesto that one key mission for any public library is “supporting and participating in literacy activities and programmed for all age groups, and initiating such activities if necessary”.
Work to reduce illiteracy is already taking place in libraries across Europe. In a Europe facing a “literacy crisis” it is crucial to gather forces and intensify the work, with improved cooperation. To raise awareness and put functional illiteracy among adults more clearly on the agenda of European public libraries, it is an important step and topic in this European network of libraries and librarians.
Literacy for All is a network for adult literacy and libraries in Europe. Our mission is to create spaces for the exchange of ideas and mutual encouragement among library professionals, with the purpose of further developing library services that promote literacy among Europe’s adult population.