Our Libraries

Schisto Library: Based in the Schisto Refugee Camp, that hosts 1.000 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 and Greek culture books. It’s currently run by local volunteers, and training refugees so they eventually can take over running it completely. This library was built thanks to a crowdfunding campaign and book donations from Greek publishers and individuals.

CRS Library: Based in a Catholic Relief Services shelter in Athens, hosting approximately 20 single families and accessibly 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. We provide children’s, classic literature, teen literature, history, cooking, art, literacy, educational, comic books, science fiction, dictionaries, and encyclopedias.

In July 2017 we opened our new a new multicultural library with 957 books in 6 languages (Greek, Englsih, Farsi, Dari, Pashto and Arabic). See here the video from the opening day.

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

Posted by Solomon on Monday, 24 July 2017

We need books

We Need Books is an Athens based NGO that believes that multicultural spaces and books serve several important functions that can be of great benefit to all layers of the population of the city, including marginalized and vulnerable populations such as the approximate 55,000 refugees living in Greece.

Over the last year, the organization has collected over 10,000 books, created small libraries, participated in conferences, started fundraising, and established We Need Books as an official NGO.

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Since 2016, We Need Books has collected over 10,000 books in over 10 languages, including Arabic, Farsi, English, German and French.

We have opened two libraries, one in Schisto and one in a CRS run shelter, established a good network with other Greek NGOs, and has participated in numerous conferences, workshops and think-tanks around immigration.

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