About the Conference

We are delighted to invite you to the 27th EBLIDA Annual Council Meeting & EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference.

This year’s conference seeks to highlight "Libraries open for all" as they adapt, ensuring access to knowledge & information in the midst of the current information landscape.


From the 5th to the 12th century, a unique book culture was developed in Ireland, at the centre of which were Celtic monasteries. Books were made in scriptoria and stocked in the libraries of the monesteries. Irish role models exerted great influence on Anglo-Saxon and Carolingian book painting. Monks, educated in Ireland, took their books with them as missionaries to spread the word in continental Europe. They created new abbeys and developed libraries which were monopolistic knowledge centers in the Christian Occident during the Middle Ages.

Monastic libraries are still located in the interior areas of many abbeys but most are not freely open to the public. Even if this type of library were equipped with the latest technologies, it is definitely not an open library in terms of access.

The theme of the 27th EBLIDA Annual Council Meeting & EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference is “Libraries open for all”. In every kind of library there is a demand for support with new information and communications technology, whatever the age. Our patrons today need basic computer and internet training to survive in this evermore digital world, and support which is provided free of charge for everyone.

Library services must facilitate digital inclusion and participation by all. Do we need big digital learning centres and innovation spaces in every library? What should be a minimum offer for equipment? How can we develop support services in the smallest and most rural libraries? Who can help to realise investments in ICT? EBLIDA wants to help to find answers to these challenges. Let’s look forward to getting answers to these issues in Dublin, as well as listening to positive experiences from other European countries!

A famous quote by Andrew Carnegie (1835–1919), who helped to build libraries  over 60 public in Ireland from the 1850s on, was:

 „There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office, nor wealth receives the slightest consideration.“ Open for all, free to all.


The venue for all the EBLIDA and NAPLE meetings, conference and workshops on both dates will be No 6 Kildare Street.

No.6 Kildare Street

No. 6 Kildare Street has been the home of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland since 1864. It is located beside the National Library of Ireland on Dublin’s Kildare Street in the city centre. No.6 also houses an eclectic collection of artifacts and antiques reflecting the antiquity of the college. The main rooms of the building remain much as they were in 1864 when the building was opened.

The rooms which we will be using for the EBLIDA and NAPLE meetings are:

We look forward to meeting you in Dublin. Open your mind and join us, the conference is open to all!

Host of the Conference:

Local Government Management Agency (LGMA)




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