Supporting lifelong learning in public libraries across Europe

Juliet Eve, M. de Groot, A.M. Schmidt

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Purpose: This paper presents findings from the European project PuLLS (Public Libraries in the Learning Society), funded by the EU’s Socrates programme. Approach: Describes a piece of action research, outlining the development and implementation of a model for delivering open learning to adult library users. Findings: Details of the model, and the course developed and offered by partner libraries are described. Results suggest there is a significant role for libraries to play in supporting both ICT skills and wider information literacy learning. Research implications: Suggests that libraries are beginning to move from a passive access approach to supporting learning to a more active approach in delivering library-generated content themselves. Practical implications: Sharing of results may be useful for public libraries wishing to develop open learning facilities/develop audiences for lifelong learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)393-406
Number of pages14
JournalLibrary Review
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2007


  • Communication technologies
  • Europe
  • Information literacy
  • Lifelong learning
  • Public libraries
  • ICT and information literacy skills


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