The policy brief on Using Librariesto Support National Literacy Efforts, published by the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (UIL), is now also available in Spanish, French and Arabic.
It examines the role of libraries in supporting lifelong literacy by looking at how libraries nurture early literacy skills up to advanced levels of literacy proficiency. By providing literacy resources for children, youth and adults at all proficiency levels, they are making an enormous contribution to supporting a reading culture and the creation of a literate society. Libraries need to be involved in policy dialogue connected to literacy. Used strategically, they have the potential to play a key role in promoting national literacy efforts, as they are trusted by people in the communities they serve and are in a good position to provide a wide variety of literacy opportunities.