Library! More Than You Think - six years of Library Development Program

"Library! More Than You Think" summarizes 6 years of implementation of the Library Development Program in Poland (the undertaking of the Polish-American Freedom Foundation managed by the Information Society Development Foundation aimed at transforming more than 3,800 public libraries in rural areas and small towns into modern, multi-function information, cultural and education centers stimulating civic involvement). Between 2009-2015 the Program was implemented in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.


Library: more than books! is a mash-up which presents data from a report published by the Central Statistical Office of Poland. The report describes changes in Polish public libraries, with a focus on libraries participating in the Library Development Program. Note: wait until the data are displayed, and then click "further" to see next pages of the mash-up.


"Library. Small ideas for a great change"
is a brochure published by the Polish Architects' Association (SARP) within the Library Development Program.

A team of experienced architects and designers in consultation with the Polish Children and Youth Foundation has developed this guidebook in particular for libraries in small towns.

This brochure contains advice and guidelines on interior design, ideas for changing the appearance of libraries, simple and inexpensive ways to make them attractive places for local residents. The brochure is not only about aesthetics, but also about functionality and responsiveness to residents’ needs.

"Library. Small ideas for a great change"