As you know, NAPLE Sister Libraries is a cooperation programme between libraries in Europe. Cooperation is the main line of our work, so we are very happy to know that one of our sister libraries expands its ties beyond Europe, making the leap to another continent.

This is the case of the Ribadavia Municipal Public Library (Spain) which has established an agreement with the Biblioteca Popular Sarmiento de Villa Italia, in Tandil, province of Buenos Aires (Argentina).

The aim of this agreement has been specified in the following objectives:

a) Active collaboration in the dissemination of the cultures of the peoples of Argentina and Spain.

b) To stimulate the link and cooperation between the Biblioteca Popular Sarmiento Villa Italia, and the Ribadavia Municipal Public Library in socio-cultural matters.

c) To achieve greater rapprochement and understanding with the peoples of the world, in particular between the Spanish and Argentinean peoples, based on mutual respect, historical, social and cultural traits.

d) To develop joint actions between the signatories in:

  • Advice and training in strategic planning and formulation of socio-cultural projects.
  • Library services, technical processes, and methodologies of library work.
  • Promotion of writing and reading
  • Access to information, public good campaigns.
  • Promotion of rights
  • Artistic and cultural activities.

The agreement will last for two years and will be in force from September 2023. It was signed by the heads of both libraries, Teresa Rivela from the Biblioteca Pública Municipal de Ribadavia and Braian Urban from the Biblioteca Popular Sarmiento de Villa Italia.

We are proud to know that one of our libraries is expanding its work to countries outside Europe, and above all that our programme has served as a platform to make itself known.