Our Libraries

We Need Books Multilingual Library / Multicultural Center: This is our new, and hopefully permanent, home! In 7 Evias St., in the vibrant and diverse area of Kypseli, we opened Athens’ first multilingual library. With an ever growing collection of over 14,000 books in over 25 languages, a children’s library, a beautiful little garden and a friendly atmosphere we aim to make our library the place where neighbours, locals, migrants, refugees, visitors, children, students, pensioners come to read, have a conversation, work or participate in the various language lessons, artistic workshops and cultural activities we organise.    


From the opening, November 1st, 2019.

Schisto Library: Based in the Schisto Refugee Camp that hosts approximately 600 Afghan refugees in containers, we turned one of the containers in a library itself. It contains over 300 Farsi books and 400 books in Greek and English, including children’s and teen’s books and textbooks, encyclopedias, language learning materials and Greek culture books. This library was built thanks to a crowdfunding campaign and book donations from Greek publishers and individuals. Since it was set up, it has been managed internally.

CRS Library: Based in a Catholic Relief Services shelter in Athens, hosting approximately 20 single families and accessible by over 50 families in nearby CRS shelters, we created a library that contains 320 books in Farsi, Pashto and Arabic and over 600 books in Greek and English. The library is designed to cater for everyone, regardless of their level of education, interests or tastes. It offers children’s books, classic literature, teen literature, history, cooking, art, literacy, educational, comic books, science fiction, dictionaries and encyclopedias. The library is managed by Caritas Athens.

The video is from the opening of this library in July 2017.

A Multicultural Library by We Need Books – Infoworld

Παρευρεθήκαμε στα εγκαίνια της βιβλιοθήκης του We Need Books στο κέντρο της Αθήνας, μίας βιβλιοθήκης που περιλαμβάνει 957 βιβλία σε 6 γλώσσες (Ελληνικά, Αγγλικά, Φαρσί, Νταρί, Παστό και Αραβικά).–We attended to the opening of We Need Books' Library in the center of Athens which includes 957 books in 6 languages (Greek, Englsih, Farsi, Dari, Pashto and Arabic). #solomonscreen #infowrold

Gepostet von Solomon am Montag, 24. Juli 2017


Book & Play: From October 2018 to May 2019 We Need Books participated in the Municipality of Athens’ pilot programme Polis 2. During this time we operated a multilingual library in Plateia Theatrou, one of the city’s most run down areas. It was entirely run by volunteers and through the various cultural events it organised it brought together people of all backgrounds. It offered a collection of over 3,500 books in over 14 languages for children and adults, creative workshops for children ages 2 – 17 and language lessons in Greek, English and German.

Photo: Thanasis Oikonomou [fb/insta: thanaseto]

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