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

Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek

The Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek is Norway’s second largest public library. It is one of the most open and modern libraries in the country and won the Norwegian Public Agency Award for 2017. The jury stated that the institution is evolving from a traditional library into an open cultural centre with extensive event and integration facilities.

The Bergen Offentlige Bibliotek is a committed institution, it cooperates with both domestic and foreign projects. As a public library, it focuses on launching the best possible offer for its readers. Its primary goal is to build up information literacy and work towards reducing digital exclusion.

New ways of popularising digital culture include projects implemented by the Bergen Offentlige Libraries, namely:

  • “Turn on literature” (Creative Europ);
    an adult education project that broadens access to culture for refugees and the elderly;
    language cafe places for refugees;
  • “Click and read” – distribution of digital content for children financed by the National Library;
  • “The Book Year 2019” (festival of books and reading – financed by the municipality and the National Library);
    Reading Seeds (Kindergarten reading funded by the local municipality).

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