EIFL- PLIP: Public Library Innovation Programme

Connecting communities to vital information

Information is critical to development, yet most people in developing countries do not have access to the internet or the vast stores of information it offers. Public libraries are uniquely placed to provide ICT access: there are over 230,000 public libraries in developing countries; they are known and trusted in their communities; they are staffed by librarians trained to support people seeking information.

EIFL-PLIP helps connect communities in developing countries to information through public libraries. We do this by enabling public libraries to use ICT to offer innovative information services focused on crucial community development needs: agriculture, health, economic development, education, and supporting social inclusion and development of marginalized and vulnerable communities.

EIFL-PLIP in action

  • Sparking ideas for using technology to improve lives
  • Providing resources to support innovative ideas
  • Promoting ideas that work, and encouraging replication
  • Sharing learning and knowledge

Our achievements

  • EIFL-PLIP's grant and capacity building support has sparked the creation of 39 new and innovative services in libraries in 23 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America. Learn more.
  • Impact assessment demonstrates libraries’ crucial role in improving local lives and livelihoods. Learn more.
  • Completed groundbreaking research into perceptions of public libraries in six African countries.
  • Launched our exciting series of library innovation awards – and announced 22 winners. Learn more.

Contact us

EIFL-PLIP Programme Manager: Ramune Petuchovaite, ramune.petuchovaite [at] eifl.net

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