Welcome to the 2022 Europe Challenge: The future is now

Europe today faces great challenges: war, polarisation, disinformation, climate & energy crises. If we are to respond to these challenges,  people of Europe must lead the way in solidarity.

But if we are to find solidarity, there must be safe spaces where people can come together and build understanding. Libraries, with their connections to communities and to municipalities and local governments, are such spaces. Recognisable to all, they provide access to trusted information and knowledge that is needed now more than ever.

We are calling on every library in Europe to apply to the 2022 Europe Challenge: from public libraries to mobile, rural, school, university and prison libraries, municipal and national libraries.

Are you a library working with your community in Europe and do you want to solve a challenge together?

Read more about the 2022 Europe Challenge & Apply! Open from 9 May to 27 May 2022. The Future is now!

Libraries and communities solve challenges to make a stronger Europe

Watch the recording of an event that took place on Europe Day, 9 May 2022, to

  • Listen to the stories of how libraries and communities worked together to solve shared challenges, across Europe.
  • Learn how to apply for the Europe Challenge 2022

Guided by Mitchell Esajas, co-founder of the New Urban Collective and The Black Archives (NL), we were joined by Martin Berendse, Director of the Amsterdam Public Libraries OBA (NL) and Marie Østergaard, Director of DOKK Aarhus Public Libraries (DK), to reflect on the solutions created by seven libraries with their communities who participated in the first Europe Challenge. Ieva Morica, Director of the DOTS Foundation (LV) discussed how our societies need safe cultural spaces for dialogue,diversity and understanding between different people and communities, especially now.


Watch the event

Learn more about their stories