What we do

Enabling access to knowledge for education, learning, research and for sustainable livelihoods

Access to Knowledge for Education, Learning and Research: Access to knowledge is fundamental to education and research, and thereby socio-economic development.

Students and scholars in developing and transition countries often rely entirely on the library for learning and research materials. Libraries equipped with modern Information Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure and skilled staff, offering comprehensive digital collections, can provide this essential support.

EIFL 2012 General Assembly - Yerevan, ArmeniaOur programmes include:

  • EIFL-LicensingThrough central negotiation with publishers, EIFL negotiates highly discounted prices and fair terms of use to increase access to scholarly material which is essential for research and education. 
  • EIFL-OA: Open access: EIFL advocates for the adoption of open access policies and mandates. EIFL also builds capacities to launch and sustain open access repositories.
  • EIFL-IP: Copyright and libraries:  EIFL seeks to address these issues by promoting fair and balanced copyright laws that support libraries in providing access to knowledge.
  • EIFL-FOSS: Free and open source software for libraries:  EIFL supports the deployment of free and open source software and provides the necessary training, enabling libraries to achieve significant cost savings.


Access to knowledge for sustainable community development: The use of technology offers new opportunities to increase access to knowledge, helping to improve individual livelihoods. Through technology, public libraries are well positioned to extend access to previously under-served communities. Yet in many countries where the need is greatest, public libraries are under resourced.


  • EIFL-PLIP: Public Library Innovation Programme: EIFL is working with public libraries in developing and transition countries to develop and pilot innovative services that meet the changing needs of their local communities and support sustainable development. EIFL-PLIP shares knowledge about successful and innovative public library community development services and supports replication of these services by other public libraries.