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Warsaw fosters the development of libraries

published: 2018-02-02 13:16, mlan
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200 libraries, a book collection with over 5 million volumes, modern media. Warsaw's libraries have the potential that is worth developing for the residents.


Warsaw’s libraries have a great social and culture-formative potential. I decided on introducing the Library Development Programme because I believe that thanks to the programme the reading rate in the city will improve,” said Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz, Mayor of Warsaw. “We would like to create modern library centres employing new technologies” she added. ”Modern libraries, in addition to their primary activity related to meeting readers’ needs, carry out a number of cultural, educational and informational activities. The become neighbourly places where you can join a discussion, participate in social consultations or prepare a participatory budget project.”

200 libraries – one system
On 29 January 2016, An expert team was launched to analyse the situation in Warsaw’s public libraries and to suggest some recommendations. This is another step in the implementation of the Cultural Development Programme by 2020. In 2016, the Libraries Support Programme was developed and implemented with such goals as combining eighteen public libraries into a single system so as to preserve their local character, standardising library job positions, reducing salary disproportions in the same job positions in various districts, raising the prestige related to librarian's work and making libraries’ programmes more appealing.

Experts have drawn up a study titled “Public libraries of the City of Warsaw. A diagnosis and recommended changes”. 2017 was a year of workshops and consultations run by the Information Society Development Foundation and the Culture of Dialogue Foundation. The meetings were attended by librarians and local activists, representatives of community centres and NGOs as well as readers, mayors and employees of cultural departments of the majority of Warsaw's districts.