Multilingual Library & Multicultural Center
About the space
We opened Athens’ first multilingual library in the vibrant and diverse area of Kypseli in November 2019. We are a reading and lending library. We are working towards creating a society free of discriminations by ensuring free access to knowledge through a space that encourages communication, imagination and joy. We develop and implement innovative projects that empower the most vulnerable overcome the obstacles that keep them on the fringes of society. We raise awareness on equality, solidarity and the protection of human rights. We promote interculturalism 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 your meeting and your brainstorming sessions! Enjoy a tea or coffee and see how much more you can get done when you work from an inspiring and beautiful space! On warm days, a lovely back garden awaits you!
Meeting Room Access
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 is a high chair available for feeding breaks.
Child Friendly Space
High Chair Available
meet with friends!
Arrange to meet with your friends at the library and if they are late, there are over 14,000 books to keep you company while you wait! Tea and coffee are on the house!
Back Garden Seating
Free Tea & Coffee
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
Literature & Empathy as Tools for Social Inclusion
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.
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.
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