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Country: Portugal

Contact: Mónica Gomes. Email:

Description: The municipal library was created in 1938 and, after being installed in several buildings, it found its own space in a new building built from scratch, open to the public on June 17, 2000. The building different areas were developed according to the open space principle, starting from a central hall, in two axes: one for cultural activities spaces and the other one for reading spaces. The library provides and develops a set of services that aim to respond to the community, namely: • reading service • reference service • ICT service (Information and Communication Technologies) • lending services • online services ( / facebook:; access to web catalog and databases - EDS-EBSCO Discovery Service, EBSCO Host and PressReader) • cultural events services • support service for school libraries • mobile library services • proximity services: 5 branches, 1 access point, 1 heritage library and 1 partnership with an association library. The library develops its action in order to be a space for reading, learning, experimenting, performing and meeting. In order to guarantee that all its services are provided with the highest quality, the library, on June 21, 2006, in an official and public session, received the Quality Certificate in accordance with ISO 9001:2000, becoming the first certified library in the country.

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Type of library: Library service with branch libraries

Population served: More than 100.000

Current library programs:
  • Activities for children and young adults
  • Activities for seniors
  • Art promotion
  • Book presentations (also meeting with authors)
  • Conferences and seminars
  • Culture promotion
  • Digitalization and Preservation
  • Exhibitions
  • Handcraft workshops
  • Library services for people with special needs
  • Lifelong Learning programs
  • Reading clubs (Book clubs)
  • Reading promotion
  • Storytelling
  • Technology Literacy (Digital Literacy)
Activities you want to do with your sister library:
  • Exchange of ideas and expertise
  • Exchange of information
  • Professional visits
  • Staff training

Languages spoken by staff: Portuguese, English and French

Languages spoken by patrons: Portuguese, English and French

Preferred countries for cooperation: No preferences

Searching partners for European program: No

Participating in any European Union program: No