As part of IEC’s focus in strengthening communities role in education, it was recognised that a well- informed community with exposure to the changing needs of the society will also significantly contribute to educational institutions in their environments.

In the above context, and with its understanding of working in the domain of education governance, especially across 11 districts in Uttar Pradesh, IEC collaborates with the Indian Public Library Movement (IPLM) in the state.

IEC & IPLM

Based on the findings and learnings of a pilot project on Public libraries initiated by BMGF in collaboration with the state government and NGO partners in 7 district libraries in Uttar Pradesh, namely Ballia, Lakhimpur, Barabanki, Rae Bareli, Kanpur, Unnao & Ghaziabad. It was recognised that the potential of  Public Libraries not only as information and knowledge space but as agencies of social education was significant. A scale-up phase was proposed as a long term and sustained intervention that would nurture a home-grown movement that transformed the status of public libraries in the country.

In January 2016, with the continued support of BMGF and facilitated by the Nasscom Foundation, the Indian Public Library Movement(IPLM) was formed with the state of Uttar Pradesh taking the initiative to begin this work in nine districts libraries of the State namely, Allahabad, Etawah, Lucknow, Azamgarh, Faizabad, Jhanshi, Hardoi, Varanasi and Pratapgarh. As part of the scale up, the movement now reaches out to a total of 16 district libraries in Uttar Pradesh.

IEC as the IPLM partner in Uttar Pradesh is facilitating the transformative initiatives with the mission of re-positioning the public libraries to become vibrant and inclusive knowledge spaces for the community they seek to cater to.

IEC works closely with state government to help realise its vision on transforming the state libraries across the state through the execution of this project. The implementation lays a lot of emphasis on strengthening libraries as an institution that will reach out to the community, build a network of resources and enrich the ecosystem to benefit all the stakeholders.

It is a known fact that “bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities. IEC believes that such communities will be inspired to contribute even more to the change process involving their educational institutions in their villages, gram panchayats and blocks in these districts. It envisages that with its work with district libraries across the sixteen districts in the state, it will not only be able to support stakeholders to access vibrant knowledge spaces but also collaborate with them to build and enrich social capital in their communities and living environments.