Finnish Library Association 

About Us

Finnish Library Association is a non-profit  and politically independent association. We are promoting and supporting public libraries in Finland. We also develop future skills for librarians. We act on the national and international level.

Everyone interested in supporting and developing libraries is welcome as a member! 

Libraries for All Project 2019-2022

Finnish Library Association (FLA) is working in cooperation with Tanzanian public libraries and disabled people's organizations in order to develop inclusive and accessible library services in Tanzania. The project is called "Libraries for All" and it has a four-year funding from the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

Two of the biggest Tanzanian cities, Dar es Salaam and Dodoma, are covered by the project. The project aims to bring accessible information available at the public libraries in these locations.

Three result areas have been identified as the immediate outcomes that the project aims to achieve during its four-year duration. They are:

  • improved library services for disabled users: This means, that the two project libraries have the competence, equipment, and a variety of material needed to serve visually impaired users.
  • active usage of libraries by the disabled persons
  • increased advocacy and awareness-raising skills of the partner organizations

The long-term development objective of the project is to provide access to information and literature for persons with disabilities in Tanzania and by doing so, reduce disability-related inequality in the country.

FLA's most important project partners are:
- Tanzania Library Services Board, which is a parastatal organization under the Tanzanian Ministry of Education and Vocational Training, responsible for organizing public library services in the whole country.

- Tanzania League of the Blind, an NGO that is one of the main and national representatives of persons with visual impairments in Tanzania.

- Disability Partnersip Finland, which is the coordination and expert organisation in disability & development questions in Finland;  and the Finnish Federation of the Visually Impaired through it

- Celia, which is the Center for accessible literature and publishing in Finland

Approximately 90 % of the project's funding is granted by the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.

 For further information about the project, please contact FLA's project coordinator Minna Mohr (minna.mohr@fla.fi)

Children reading tactile and braille books
At the moment, library services available for visually impaired children and adults are very limited in Tanzania. The photo is taken in 2017 from the school library of Uhuru Mchanganyiko Primary School for children with disabilities, in Dar es Salaam.

Contact Information for the Finnish Library Association

Secretary General Rauha Maarno
rauha.maarno@fla.fi
tel. +358 44 7481801
Runeberginkatu 15 A 6,
FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland

President Silvia Modig

Runeberginkatu 15 A 6,
FI-00100 Helsinki, Finland