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Libraries and Digital Media

Libraries Reykjavík offers a wide range of libraries, such as public, school and research libraries. All schools and universities in the metropolitan area run school libraries that serve students and staff, and all primary and secondary school students receive tuition in the use of libraries, with library staff supporting the teaching of literature and literacy. The Education Act requires all schools to run a library, and all municipalities are required to offer their inhabitants the use of library facilities, in accordance with the Public Libraries Act. Public and school libraries cooperate in various ways, for example, all fourth-year students in Reykjavík schools visit the City Library, and the same library receives school visits from all age groups for a range of purposes. School librarians all over the country work together in organizing various projects, such as short story and poetry competitions for children and teenagers, conferences on issues relating to children's libraries and larger projects, such as the Children's Choice Book Prize. This prize was initiated by the Reykjavík City Library but has now become a yearly event aimed at promoting reading, and most public and school libraries participate under the guidance of the City Library. The Reykjavík City Library is the largest public library in Iceland, with a main library, five branches, a bookmobile, and a story van. The library is well-utilized and book loans are high, with 700.000 people visiting the library in 2009 and book loans totalling just under 1.2 million. According to a survey conducted by the Social Science Research Institute in 2007 and 2009 respectively, over 70 percent of Reykjavík inhabitants aged 16–80 had visited the Reykjavík City Library over a 12-month period. From 2007 to 2009, attendance went up by 22 percent and borrowing by 25 percent. Visitors to the library website also increased by 46 percent over the same period. The City of Reykjavík defines library services as part of its basic and fundamental services to the inhabitants and therefore the current economic situation has not resulted in significant cuts. The annual budget for the library was 511.000.000 ISK in 2007 (3.338.000 eur), going up to 550 million ISK in 2009 (3.593.000 eur). Reykjavík City had

over 70 %

of Reykjavík inhabitants aged 16–80 had visited the Reykjavík City Library over a 12-month period

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Reykjavik

UNESCO City of Literature

Reykjavik City of Literature - Submission  
Reykjavik City of Literature - Submission  

Reykjavik City of Literature - Submission

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