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Press Release: Second European Report on Sustainable Development Goals and Libraries (Full version)

08 February 2022


Prepared by the EBLIDA Secretariat in collaboration with the National Library of Latvia


We are very pleased to inform you that EBLIDA, in collaboration with the National Library of Latvia, has just published the Second European Report on Sustainable Development and Libraries”, including a Synthesis of the results of a questionnaire sent out in Autumn 2021 and a series of seventeen country profiles. Each of these profiles includes a general background, SDG national priorities and policies, a selection of SDG-oriented projects and some hints about funding sources and evaluation.

Sustainable Development Goals and Libraries - Second European Report (Full Version)

EBLIDA does not wish to limit its work to storytelling alone; the Report explores best practices, simulations, and practical know-how. Country profiles are a model for EBLIDA members not included in this report and for any library willing to pursue sustainable development goals in libraries.

“The Synthesis shows very clearly how libraries perceive SDGs and how libraries are perceived in the society. Each country profile is a sort of Library Manifesto on sustainable development at national or local level”, maintains Ton van Vlimmeren, President EBLIDA.

The 2nd report is another step undertaken by EBLIDA in its European, project-oriented and fundraising approach. “All library organisations are now setting SDGs as a priority in their current work plans and we are extremely happy to support the EBLIDA approach, which is valid both for small and big libraries, whether they are public, university, school or national”, adds Katrina Kukaine, Director, Development Department, National Library of Latvia.

Since 2019, EBLIDA has taken a practical approach to implementing SDGs in libraries, with the creation of tools such as the EBLIDA Matrix and the SDG-KIC. These illustrate how libraries should approach SDGs in a European context. “We record stories having received the Sello award in Spain, libraries included in Bulgarian and German cultural routes, waste disposal activities in Danish libraries and other small, but popular projects which have received funding from local, national or European institutions.”, adds Giuseppe Vitiello, EBLIDA Director. 

The EBLIDA Second European Report on Sustainable Development and Libraries is a companion report to the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) 2021-2027: a Guide for library applicantsand The European Structural and Investment Funds 2021-2027 report.




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