The Literacy for all – European Library Network is a network for those who work in libraries in the field of adult literacy. The network formed in 2014 with 20 members from throughout Europe. Its purpose is to discuss and share ideas regarding functional literacy and the role that libraries can play in improving the literacy of Europe's population.
All public libraries across Europe have a role to play in reducing functional illiteracy amongst its citizens. It is stated in UNESCO Public Library Manifesto that one key mission for any public library is “supporting and participating in literacy activities and programmed for all age groups, and initiating such activities if necessary”.
Work to reduce illiteracy is already taking place in libraries across Europe. In a Europe facing a “literacy crisis” it is crucial to gather forces and intensify this work, with improved cooperation. Our network is a way for librarians across Europe to collaborate together in order to raise awareness and put functional illiteracy among adults more clearly on the agenda of all European library authorities.
Our mission is to create a space for the exchange of ideas and mutual encouragement among library professionals, with the purpose of further developing library services that promote literacy among Europe’s adult population.
So far we have been doing this through online platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. As our network grows we hope to strengthen our voice and establish partnerships with other European groups.
If you would like to join our network you can find us on twitter @literacyeurope or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.