Country profile

The Country profile is a sort of Library Manifesto on sustainable development at national or local level, it illustrates the nature and the level of effort deployed by library associations and their partners in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in libraries.

Download the Netherlands Country profile – PDF version with link references and contact information.
(Excerpt from the 2nd European Report on Sustainable Development and Libraries, prepared by EBLIDA and National Library of Latvia.)

With a Dutch European Social Fund focused on social inclusion and offering to socially disadvantaged people the chance to acquire skills and to improve their employability, some Dutch libraries have set up projects aiming to reduce the number of workless households and to give people opportunities to work for longer. The Netherlands is also providing extra ESF help in its four largest cities – Rotterdam, Amsterdam, The Hague and Utrecht – to help improve job opportunities for young people and non-European immigrants through coaching and training programmes.

In the four biggest cities of the Netherlands, an ambitious project focussed on vulnerable elderly citizens is funded by the Fund for  European Aid to the Most Deprived (FEAD, included in ESF+ 2021-2027) which supports EU countries’ actions in providing food and/or basic material assistance to the most deprived.Material assistance needs to go hand in hand with social inclusion measures, such as guidance and support to lift people out of poverty; therefore, national authorities may also support non-material assistance to the most deprived people in order to help them integrate better into society.

The  Expeditie project was organised in the Netherlands in collaboration with Bredebieb on 2nd November 2020. Some fifteen library directors attended this kick off meeting whose aim was to list additional funding opportunities for Dutch libraries and prepare library projects to be discussed in the national workshop.

On 25 January 2021, Dutch libraries held their national (Dutch language) workshop about sustainable development goals and European funds.

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Archived project
The “Resourcing Libraries: connecting libraries to EU resources” (RL:EU) project aims to help Europe’s public libraries unlock EU resources to support their adult education programmes and strategies. This project brings together Public Libraries 2030, EBLIDA, and PiNA to develop an approach that helps public libraries and librarians learn about EU initiatives and programmes and access EU funding.
The project maximizes public libraries' potential as hubs for contemporary art. Creating a European network, it supports emerging artists through library residencies, turning them into ateliers for public engagement. The initiative enhances artists' visibility, opens commercial avenues, and strengthens the sector. Libraries evolve, reflecting on their cultural roles, hosting workshops, exhibitions, and training sessions for librarians and artists.
The general objective of TELL is to massively reach out to, and train librarians in using the European Structural Investment Funds (ESIF) in order to implement the Council of Europe Recommendation on Library Legislation and Policy in Europe. Moreover, TELL will also make the case for a possible action line focused on libraries within ESIF 2028-2035.

Main organizations

Dutch libraries have created Stichting Bibliotheekwerk (SBW),  an independent library foundation dedicated to employment, work and training issues in libraries and governed by representatives of the labour unions on behalf of the employees and the libraries as employers.

The Alignment House/Bredebieb has set up a plan for public libraries with a view to searching additional funding opportunities for Dutch libraries and prepare library projects meeting SDGs.

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The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in November 2016 that library lending of electronic books (e-books) may, under certain conditions, be treated in the same way as the library lending of paper books. Case C-174/15 - CJEU ruling of 10 November 2016 Vereniging Openbare Bibliotheken (VOB) v Stichting Leenrecht

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