20 years of enhancing literacy through school libraries in Portugal

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The Portuguese School Library Network Programme (Rede de Libraries Escolares - RBE) celebrated its 20th anniversary last year. The programme was launched in 1996 by the Ministries of Education and Culture with the aim of installing and developing libraries in public schools at every level and providing them with the necessary technical and pedagogical support.

Today the network covers 100% of basic and secondary schools. The majority of larger primary schools have a school library, others benefit from a library service, provided by the network.

The programme is a result of real teamwork. It is supported by the regional departments of education, municipalities and public libraries. The central office assists the local and inter-municipal coordinators with training in school library management. Each school library also has a team, coordinated by a teacher librarian. The librarian receives support from the teaching and non-teaching staff.

Over 2200 school libraries are active members of the network, following national school library guidelines and being regularly reviewed. The network guidelines for facilities are also followed for new school buildings.

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