A library for everyone. Łódź, Gdynia, Kraków, Bergen – different cities, a common idea. Increasing access to culture – model Polish and Norwegian solution.

Project goals and assumptions

 “A library for everyone. Lodz, Gdynia, Cracow, Bergen – different cities, a common idea. Increasing access to culture – model Polish and Norwegian solution.” implemented under Measure 2 of the Culture Programme financed by the Financial Mechanism of the European Economic Area.

The project is pursued by the Municipal Library of Lodz – project leader, the Metropolitan Public Library of Gdynia, the Regional Public Library in Cracow and the Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek.

It assumes extensive audience surveying and training sessions for library staff. Each city has also planned a number of activities for their city residents, including family picnics, art workshops or film screenings; classes for migrants and excluded groups, such as cyclical legal advice, culinary workshops, Polish language classes for children and adults or multicultural walks with foreign-speaking guides.

What will happen during the project will be the purchase of foreign-language books and textbooks for learning Polish.

The core goal of the project is to create libraries open to everyone, free from prejudices, stereotypes and discrimination whatsoever. A library is a place where migrants will have an opportunity to get specific help, both in a legal and less formal form – acting as a bridge to cultural integration.

During the project pursuit, as an outcome of the joint work of all partners, modern development strategies will be created. Based on the survey, not only will model-driven solutions be developed for project partners, but also for the use by other libraries in the country and abroad.

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