The Urban Agenda for the EU was launched in May 2016 and represents a new multi-level working method promoting cooperation between Member States, cities, the European Commission, and other stakeholders in order to stimulate growth, liveability and innovation in the cities of Europe and to identify and successfully tackle social challenges

Within the Urban Agenda, the Partnership “Culture and Cultural Heritage” is formed by –amongst others- the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA), the German Library Association, the Finnish Library Association and the Central and Regional Library in Berlin. They are implementing an action to strengthen public libraries at European level.

Public libraries, often referred to as third places, are lighthouses for education, exchange, inspiration and citizen engagement in European cities. However, they are rather invisible on the European agenda. The aim of the survey is to obtain an overview of funding structures of public libraries in Europe and to observe if and how EU funds are already being used by public libraries to implement innovations and projects that are not covered by regular funding.

It would be great if as many public libraries as possible from as many EU member states as possible could answer the survey. The submission is open until 25 October 2021 to any public library from a European city with more than 90,000 inhabitants.

In order to obtain a broad database from which meaningful findings can subsequently be derived, we would like to ask for your support

We invite you to respond to the survey and encourage participation within your network so that funding conditions for public libraries can be analyzed and improved!

Filling the survey here