2018 International DUBLIN Literary Award shortlist announced

The International DUBLIN Literary Award is preparing for its 23rd final in June, and the ten shortlisted books have just been announced. Only two of the authors are Irish, and that makes up half the English-language originals – the other two are from American and South African authors. The final six on the shortlist are Read More …

Spanish libraries lent 60 million print books and 130,000 ebooks in 2017. Or did they? A look at Public Libraries 2020’s curious numbers

With a population of 46 million Spain is fielding 4,600 public libraries – one for every 10,000 citizens, and 8.6 million adults have visited said libraries in 2017 – almost 19% of the population. But while 60 million print books were borrowed from Spanish libraries in 2017, just 126,000 ebooks were downloaded. That’s according to Read More …

Mobile libraries are on the streets of Cairo to coincide with the Cairo International Book Fair

Minister of Culture Enas Abdel Dayem “launched and re-activated” the Mobile Libraries scheme at the start of the month, initially starting in the Al-Asmarat neighbourhood in Cairo’s Moqattam. Tomorrow (February 8) it will move to Mansheyat Nasser, returning to Al-Asmarat during the winter holidays. The Mobile Libraries project, which includes shows, art exhibitions, and workshops Read More …

Greek National Library moves to new home

In Athens this month the transfer of the Greek national book collection is underway. The collection dates back to the 1820s but it was only as that century drew to a close that the collection moved to its current home, the beautiful neo-classical marble building in Phaleron Bay. Work on the new home at the Read More …