25 April 2019
A Library Manifesto for Europe
The decisions taken in Brussels and Strasbourg have a significant impact on libraries. To prepare for the coming mandate of the European Parliament, IFLA and partners have developed a Library Manifesto for Europe.
Policies at the European level can have a major effect on libraries. From the laws around copyright or the importation of cultural goods to funding programmes and even research, successful advocacy in Brussels and Strasbourg can offer real help to libraries across the region.
The European Parliament elections, due to take place on 23-26 May, stand to change the face of the Parliament itself. The people elected will, for the next five years, be key interlocutors for libraries. The results will also shape the leadership of the European Commission and Presidency of the European Council.
It is therefore an important moment to set out the priorities for libraries and their users, and seek guarantees of support.
IFLA, working with partners in LIBER, EBLIDA, SPARC Europe and Public Libraries 2030, has therefore developed a Library Manifesto for Europe, setting out six key requests.
These cover the work of libraries in supporting education and skills, research and innovation, and culture and heritage. They also include the need for Europe to play an active role in supporting libraries worldwide, both through its development programmes and the positions on issues such as copyright.
Drawing on the Manifesto, IFLA is also working directly at the European level, as well as through its members at the national level to seek commitments from parties and candidates about how they will support libraries if they are successful.
IFLA will be publishing the responses received on a dedicated website, as a resource to help any voter who cares about libraries understand what their decision at the end of May could mean.
We encourage anyone in the European Union and beyond with an interest in supporting libraries and their missions to read the manifesto and use it in your own advocacy work.
Visit the europe4libraries2019.eu website to download the Manifesto, its translations, and relevant materials.