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The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations is an independent umbrella association of library, information, documentation and archive associations and institutions in Europe.

The EBLIDA SDG European House

EBLIDA Members can use the EBLIDA SDG European House to develop appropriate advocacy narratives to be presented to elected members, administrators and granters.

Libraries are per se sustainable agencies. Everything they do, from support to culture and education to social activities oriented at people left behind, is an important contribution to the attainment of Sustainable Development Objectives. What libraries lack in terms of political communication is an administrative culture of sustainability, which is expressed through reporting systems, sustainable tools and services. EBLIDA intends to fill this gap in accordance with international Guidelines (for instance, the OECD Guidelines).

EBLIDA future action will be focused, among other objectives, on the reinforcement of the links between libraries and the communities they refer to through a Reporting System which includes EBLIDA communities, tools, services and training activities. The scheme is described in the following table.

The EBLIDA SDG European House


EBLIDA Community is that of our Members, both Full and Associate Members represented by the EBLIDA Executive Committee.

It is also the contribution made by the special focus communities of the ELSIA (European Libraries and Sustainable development Implementation and Assessment), Expert Group, EGIL (Expert Group on Information Law) and of LIBLEG, a Working Group on Library legislation and policy in Europe. 

EBLIDA tools are those we have created, like the EBLIDA Matrix, and those we wish to promote in the near future.

EBLIDA services consist of didactic material, policy documents and charts (SDG-KIK, for instance) which EBLIDA or other organisations have prepared or are preparing.

EBLIDA training will be offered in a series of meetings or ad hoc opportunities, like the national TTU workshops. These workshops are designed to encourage libraries to participate in the European structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) 2021-2027.

EBLIDA selected ESIF 2021-2027 as main area of intervention for European libraries for the following reasons:

  •  Unlike many of the programmes directly managed by the European Commission, the R&D requirement in ESIF projects is not essential; therefore, projects can encompass small and poorly equipped libraries as well as big and technologically advanced libraries;
  • programmes are administered at national level; therefore there is no need to resort to the construction of complex networks at European level;
  • libraries, and in particular public libraries, are strongly connected with local communities; ESI Funds which operate at regional or local level, are therefore an ideal framework for their development;
  • ESIF normally accounts for one third of the whole EU budget.


>>>> Read about  The EBLIDA Matrix

>>>> Look at the Map of SDG Implementation in European libraries

>>>> Look at the EBLIDA SDG European House activities in 2020

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    08 April 2021: Focus on SDG-Knowledge and Information Centre, Elections, Council Meeting and more. Read more >
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    21 January 2021: Worth raising the interest of libraries committed to national and linguistic minorities – 50 million citizens in Europe. Read more >

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