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Libraries Make a Difference: New Forms of Library Activity for Local Communities (КА 484)
Funded by Karelia ENPI 2007-2013

Objective of the project

The objective of the project is to create a new model of serving library patrons.

Main activities

• Creation and implementation of an educational programme. • Establishing information and cultural centers in Petrozavodsk, Kondopoga, Sortavala, Kostomuksha, Joensuu and Kajaani. • Creation of multimedia resources and a permanent book exposition. • Creation of a training center for library specialists.


Running of a joint Russian-Finnish educational program: Transformation of library role in local communities in the minds of the project participants and establishment and duplication of a new library model as a center of development of local communities. Establishment of four information and cultural centers in Petrozavodsk, Kondopoga, Sortavala and Kostomuksha and two Karelian Corners in Joensuu and Kajaani: strengthening of mutual understanding among people on both sides of the border, providing open access to cultural and information bilingual resources, transformation of libraries to a space of creative development and realization of common ideas on both sides of the border.

Basic information



2011-04-09 - 2014-04-08

Total Budget / Programme funding

330 000 € / 280 274 €

Lead partner

The National Library of the Republic of Karelia
Lead partner web-site


Joensuu Regional Library - North Karelia Provincial Library
The City Library of Kajaani
Kondopoga Central District Library
Sortavala District Library
Kostomuksha Municipal Archives and Central City Library