The Norwegian School Library Programme is a four-year (2009-2013) national programme which aims to strengthen school libraries as an educational tool. The goal is to make active use of the school libraries in reading education and development of information literacy. The University of Agder (UiA) implements the programme on assignment from the Norwegian Directorate for Education and Training.
There was much celebration when requirements for school libraries for all children and young people were incorporated into the Swedish Education Act in the summer of 2011.All pupils were now entitled to a school library directly connected’ to their own school.
Vaasa city library has been making longterm educational investments for many years. In 2010, the library was awarded the title of Library Developer of the Year. The award was presented by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture, and one of the reasons mentioned in the citation was the creation of new types of collaboration between schools and libraries.