Last year, National libraries partially re-opened their doors through the summer to a different world. Covid-19 and lockdowns have had a huge impact on the financial stability of many national libraries and created many new challenges in how we welcome our readers and make our collections available digitally. In addition, the killing of George Floyd and the Black Lives Matter movement have challenged to the ways in which our institutions have been collecting, researching and telling stories.
To support its members in their answers to this new landscape, the CENL Executive Committee launched two new funds in the Summer 2020: the Covid-19 Support Fund and the Hidden Stories Fund.
Unfortunately Covid-19 is still part of our lives and creating additional costs and challenges for national libraries, so the CENL Executive Committee decided to offer two more Covid-19 grants of €2,500 in 2021 and to offer two more Hidden Stories grants with an increased amount of €5,000 per grant.
We are delighted to announce that the following applications were successful:
Reports from each project will be available on the CENL website after completion.