From Nepal to Kenya to Chile to Bosnia and Herzegovina, public libraries are introducing new and innovative services that enable communities use information and communication technology (ICT) to address some of their most pressing community development needs.

EIFL-PLIP’s work helps make this possible. We work in developing and transition countries, across five crucial issues: agriculture; employment and livelihoodshealth; supporting vulnerable youth and children at risk and promoting social inclusion of marginalized and disadvantaged communities.  

Starting small in 2010 with 12 public library services, our programme has grown to include a total of 49 services and projects in 27 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. These services and projects reach communities through over 300 public and community libraries.

New grantees – 2014

In May 2014 we announced the names of 10 public libraries that successfully applied for our newest grant call: Public libraries preparing children and youth for the future. 

Ten new public library services for children and youth 

Bulgaria – Lyuben Karavelov Regional Library - fun financial literacy classes for young people.

Burkina Faso – Friends of African Village Libraries – four rural libraries create ‘mobile health clubs’ for teenage girls.

Chile – Biblioteca Municipal “Pablo Neruda” de Padre las Casas – citizen’s digital media project to give young people a voice in their communities.

Croatia – Rijeka City Library - 3D printing project to build imagination and confidence of young ‘makers’.

Ethiopia – CODE-Ethiopia - e-books project tackles desperate need for pre-school literacy materials.

Latvia – Valmiera Public Library - social media app to make reading trendy for teenagers.

Poland – Piekary Slaskie Municipal Public Library – using the methods of games to spark youth passion for digital technology.

Romania – “Alexandru D. Xenopol” Arad County Library - ‘App Library’ to develop teenagers’ information, media and critical thinking skills.

Serbia – Public Library “Dušan Matić” Ćuprija – using robotics to build a new generation of computer programmers.

Uganda Community Libraries Association – health and technology camps for children in five rural communities.

Grants awarded from 2010 to 2012

Agriculture

Armenia - Berd Public Library – increasing interest in organic farming and creating new online sales opportunities for farmers.

Chile - Panguipulli Public Library no. 296 – connecting farmers in remote mountain communities to rich sources of agricultural information.

Colombia - Public Library Laboratorio del Espiritu – sparking interest in new income-generating activities in remote farming communities. 

Latvia - Klintaine Public Library – information and training service shows that webinars are an effective way of reaching farmers with vital information. 

Lithuania - Pasvalys Marius Katiliskis Public Library – ICT training, web-portal and desktop publishing centre build farmers marketing capacity.  

Kenya – Busia Community Library – using smart phones and other ICT to support agribusiness and connect farmers to markets.

Macedonia – Regional public and university library Goce Delchev-Stip – library on wheels increases numbers of farmers applying for grants. 

Serbia - Public Library "Radislav Nikcevic" – AgroLib online market improves farming methods and increases sales of farm produce. 

Tanzania - Tanzania Library Services Board – ICT to improve poultry farming and increase farmers' income.

Uganda – Kachumbala Area Cooperative Enterprise Community Library – farmers learn ICT skills to take part in farmer-to-farmer knowledge-sharing service.

Uganda – Maendeleo Foundation – Internet-based database of information for farmers throughout Uganda in local languages.

Uganda – National Library of Uganda – teaming up with a telecentre to create opportunities for women farmers.

Uganda – Rwenzori Information Network – Smart phone service to combat plant pests and diseases

Employment and livelihoods

Bulgaria - Lyuben Karavelov Regional Library – employment information service helps 44 long-term unemployed people aged over 40 find work. 

Croatia - Zagreb City Libraries - ICT training and information service helps 22 homeless people find employment. 

Macedonia - Public Library "Braka Miladinovci" Radovis  - employment and job creation service helps 39 people find jobs and wins prestigious award.

Mongolia - Ulaanbaatar City Public Library – 21 rural libraries serve blind and visually impaired people through talking books service.

Nepal - Saula Public Library – traditional artists and craft workers learn new digital design skills. 

Health

Armenia - Lori Regional Library – e-health service connects people to their doctors. 

Georgia – Mestia Public Library  – harnessing interactive ICT to build healthy mountain communities. 

Ghana - Northern Regional Library - mobile phone service to improve maternal health care

Kenya - Kenya National Library Service – e-health corners with free access to computers in two rural libraries to improve community health.

Kyrgyzstan  - Kyrgyz Libraries Information Consortium  – 'No to TB!' corners set up in 190 public libraries.

Lithuania - Kaunas County Public Library – over-60s flock to healthy lifestyle events and ICT training.

Tanzania - Tanzania Library Services Board – using ICT to increase adolescents' access to sexual and reproductive health issues.

Uganda – Busolwe Public Library – combining modern ICT with traditional communication media like drama to provide local language health information.

Youth Development / Children at risk

Bosnia and Herzegovina - Zavidovići Public Library – attractive and lively Youth Corner where vulnerable children learn ICT and media skills.

Ghana - Ghana Library Board – unemployed and vulnerable youth learn new ICT and leadership skills to improve their chances in life.

Ghana – Ghana Library Board – mobile library service takes ICT to schools in under developed parts of Volta region.

Ghana - Twifu Praso District Library – multimedia centre where youth can learn ICT skills.

Kazakhstan - East Kazakhstan Oblast Pushkin Library – ICT training and employment information service helps 55 young people find work, start small businesses or improve their jobs. 

Kenya – Busia Community Library – tablet computers with games and educational content to help children improve their marks at school.

Kenya National Library Service – reaching out to slum youth to improve school marks and increase interest in libraries

Lithuania - Utena A. and M. Miskiniai Public Library –computer game to encourage reluctant children to go back to school.

South Africa - Masiphumelele Public Library – providing free, high-quality ICT access and training and helping vulnerable young people with their careers. 

Uganda - National Library of Uganda, with Lira and Masindi public libraries – mobile phone opportunities alert service helps young job-seekers find work.

Zambia - Lubuto Library Project – computer–based reading lessons in seven languages teach Zambia’s children to read and write in mother-tongue. 

Contributing to social inclusion

Cambodia - Lveate Centrestone Public Library – oral history archive project interviews Lveate villagers about experiences under the brutal regime of Pol Pot.

Mexico - Public Libraries Coordination, State of Yucatan – first digital archive for the Maya uses film, video and drama to reach out to non-literate Mayan Indians.