Multilingual Library & Multicultural Center

About the space

We opened Athens’ first multilingual library in the vibrant and diverse Kypseli in November 2019. We are a reading and lending library working towards creating a society free of discrimination by ensuring free access to knowledge through a space that encourages communication, imagination and joy. We develop and implement innovative workshops that empower the most vulnerable to overcome obstacles that keep them on the fringes of society. We raise awareness on equality, solidarity and the protection of human rights. We promote multiculturalism and empathy in the daily lives of the people of Athens. We are here to stay.

7 Evias St, Kypseli, 113 62, Athens

work from here!

Come alone with your laptop, or with your team to have meetings! Enjoy a free tea or coffee and see how much more you will be able to get done when you work from an inspiring and beautiful space! On warm days, our lovely garden awaits you!

Free Wifi

Meeting Room Access

Free Tea & Coffee

come with your kids!

The library has a children’s section designed to satisfy a toddler’s endless curiosity, ignite a child’s imagination and draw  youngsters to the exciting world of teen literature! There are toys for the little ones and board games for older children. There are high chairs available for feeding breaks. 

Child Friendly Space

High Chair Available


Our library and garden are available to rent out for your special events! We house a collaborative space to host workshops, book signings, and other activities requiring a scenic environment. Contact us for more details on renting our space!

Back Garden Seating

Scenic Collaborative Space

Our current projects

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Our current projects

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After school tutoring program


In response to the educational crisis caused by COVID 19 We Need Books has designed an after school tutoring program to support primary school children living locally in their academic efforts, in an inclusive environment that promotes teamwork and collaboration.



EUPHEME is an Erasmus+ project with three objectives: to question the notion of “welcoming” through a survey and storytelling system, to equip the people responsible for receiving migrants through the creation and provision of an educational kit consisting of an interactive site and a printed tool, and to help and train reception staff to develop skills and approaches that are more open to interculturality and linguistic diversity. Led by Migrilude, it is conducted in collaboration with APAM, the Association for the Promotion and Advancement of Plurilingualism in France, Welcome Home International in Belgium, We Need Books in Greece. The project runs from September 1, 2022 to June 30, 2024.



CHARMMS: challenging refugee and migrant media stereotypes contributes in fighting against stereotypes that follow refugees and migrants in the media and entertainment industry, through innovative workshops that have been designed in collaboration with the Norwegian organisation NorSensus Mediaforum, which specializes in issues of media literacy. The project is funded by the Active Citizens Fund.

Our past projects

Our past projects

Life is Elsewhere

Art exhibition
Life is Elsewhere brought together the work of nine international artists in an exhibition exploring the influence of literature, prose or poetry, on contemporary visual art, encompassing themes of escape alienation, narrative, reportage, theatre, documentary and the physical form of books themselves.
In homage to the aims of We Need Books this exhibition focused on artists or work which claim inspiration from literary sources or from an interest in the form of books at a time when books themselves are becoming a rarer form of entertainment or vessel of information.

Literature & Empathy as Tools for Social Inclusion

Panel Discussion
In an effort to raise awareness of the need for the acceptance of “otherness”, We Need Books organized a panel discussion to explore how literature and empathy can be used as tools for social inclusion.
The panel comprised of Gulwali Passarlay, human rights activist and author of “A Lightless Sky”; Maria Aggelidou, multi-awarded author and translator; Sofia Kouvelaki, Executive Director of The HOME Project; Lefteris Papagiannakis, then Vice Mayor for Migrants, Refugees and Municipal Decentralisation. The discussion was moderated by Katerina Malakate, author whose work demonstrates a deep concern for social polarisation and Greece’s most read literary blogger.

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.

Caritas & Schisto


We Need Books created a library with over 1,000 in Arabic, Farsi, Greek and English in a shelter for single parent asylum seeking families in Athens. It also provided over 300 books in Farsi to the refugee camp in Schisto so that a library could be set up in collaboration with the coordinators for education in the camp. 

What’s especially meaningful for me is seeing books here in Arabic which reminds me of my hometown, and of my father. I saw one book here I know he would love. So I could come in and read something in Arabic, then call my father and tell him about it. And it doesn’t matter what your refugee status is – this is the kind of thing that’s always going to be important, even once people are more integrated. They’ll always need that.
When I entered We Need Books the first time, pushing the slow, heavy glass doors, and after looking all around Athens for books written in Arabic or translated to Arabic, I saw them, just there, waiting for me on the metal shelves. Ghada Al Samman,Virgina Woolf, Nagib Mahfuz, Haruki Murakami, Mahmoud Darwish and all the others. And then, Boooom, snap back to this old feeling, back to the amazed tiny boy inside me, overwhelmed with excitement and joy. I wanted to take all the Arabic books home with me. I told myself: I can’t let them out of my sight. But I ended up with Virginia’s Waves and Ghada’s Loafs Beats Like A Heart and came back later for the rest. It has been two years, I am borrowing books from the library and growing younger.
Now Greece is my country, Athens is my city, and home is where I keep my books.
Βαλεντίνα & Χριστίνα

Η προσωπική μας αίσθηση μετά τη σύμπραξή μας με την οργάνωση WNB, είναι ότι αποτελεί ένα πρότυπο εγχείρημα που συντονίζεται από ζεστούς, κινητοποιημένους και ικανούς ανθρώπους και αποτελεί πλέον ένα αδιάσπαστο και σημαντικότατο μέρος της κοινότητας της Κυψέλης και του κέντρου της πόλης εν γένει. Είναι ένα εγχείρημα που όχι μόνο αξίζει να συνεχιστεί αλλά και που, αν εκλείψει, αφαιρεί ένα δυναμικό εργαλείο από την φαρέτρα των επαγγελματιών της δικής μας φιλοσοφίας και απογυμνώνει την πόλη από έναν χώρο αληθινά ανοιχτό και εποικοδομητικό για όλους αδιακρίτως.

Κοινωνικοί Λειτουργοί


My family is doing alright, also we go to school, we live in a house, we get financial aid every month and I am studying German. There is no library as great as yours. I really miss the library…

teenager who relocated to Germany

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