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The Danish Union of Librarians, Bibliotekarforbundet,  is proud to be sponsoring Cycling for Libraries 2015. With the purpose of creating awareness of library professionals and libraries and simultaneously creating international network we see the conference as an unique way of promoting the important role of libraries and librarians in society. Living in the capital of cyclists and therefor an enthusiastic cyclist herself, the president (chairman), Tine Jorgensen, will participate in part of the Danish tour.

Bibliotekarforbundet, The Danish Union of Librarians – Union of Information Specialists and Cultural Intermediaries,  is an independent trade union, formed to secure wage and working conditions and to cultivate the profession of librarianship in Denmark. Today the Danish Union of Librarians organize approximately 5.500 Danish librarians; about 90% of all educated librarians in Denmark. About 2.600 of them are working in the public libraries, 900 in the research and special libraries, 550 in the private sector – around 4% are without permanent employment.

The Danish Union of Librarians has the double purpose – as union and guild in one. The Union act both as ordinary trade unions, negotiating wage rates, employment and working conditions etc. as well as having a guild function. But we also cover the profession as such, taking interest in its developement, procuring education and in-service training, unemployment etc.

It is within the union that professional pride thrives and is nurtured. Within The Librarians Union it’s considered that the social significance of the trade is reflected in the value of the libraries and vice versa. The Union maintain that wage rates and the prestige of profession are connected.




Ils feront la route avec nous !

Vous les avez peut-être déjà (sûrement même !) aperçus sur les réseaux sociaux et ils nous accompagneront tout au long de notre périple pour ponctuer le message que nous souhaitons diffuser. A savoir le nouveau logo de Cyclo-biblio dont la volonté est d’illustrer l’aspect révolutionnaire de notre métier de bibliothécaire aujourd’hui, et le poster qui marque nos préoccupations au jour le jour.














Des images plein la tête

Parce que nous ne sommes pas des professionnels de l’image, nous nous sommes dit qu’il valait sans doute mieux nous entourer d’une personne dont c’est le métier et la passion pour immortaliser ce tour local de Bâle à Strasbourg. C’est pourquoi nous ne sommes nous ne sommes pas peu fiers d’accueillir Odile Dufant pour ce nouveau Cyclo-biblio ! Cette réalisatrice se joindra en effet à nous pour réaliser le journal de bord vidéo de notre périple. Nous pourrions tout à fait vous mettre son CV pour vous donner une idée de l’étendue de son travail, de tous les projets ou émissions auxquels elle a participé, que ce soit pour France Télévision ou en tant qu’auteur-réalisatrice free lance. Seulement, ce CV, justement, et si long que nous nous sommes finalement dit que les images parleraient bien plus que les mots. Sachez toutefois qu’Odile Dufant a plus d’une corde à son arc puisqu’elle écrit aussi. Des nouvelles, beaucoup de nouvelles qui ont d’ailleurs été primées du premier prix du Salon du livre de Papeete, et des histoires pour enfants dont le dernier titre Le Papa de Paul vient de paraître aux éditions Bayard dans la collection «Belles histoires ».

Et comme les images parlent parfois bien plus que les mots, nous vous laissons un lien pour prolonger la découverte de son travail. Stay tuned !


Inscrivez-vous !

Toute l’équipe a le plaisir de vous annoncer l’ouverture des inscriptions au tour local Cyclo-biblio 2015! Attention, places limitées…


Registrations for Cyclo-biblio 2015 are open!

Register now !


Les dernières nouvelles

Tarif réduit pour le congrès 2015 de l’ABF !




En tant que partenaire du Cyclo-biblio,  l’Association des Bibliothécaires de France (ABF) vous permet de bénéficier d’un tarif réduit pour son congrès !

200 euros pour 3 jours de congrès, pour ceux qui hésitaient encore, voilà qui devrait les inciter à participer à Cyclo-biblio !

Merci à l’ABF pour son soutien.



Cycling for libraries in St. Petersburg June 29th


Saint Petersburg joins the Cycling for Libraries movement, which has been an international success over the last three years. The initiative has brought together librarians and library-lovers in a series of cycling unconferences that have attracted over 100 participants.

The one-day mini C4L tour is organized with the help of the local NGO Cycling St Petersburg. The tour will start in the seaside town of Zelenogorsk and will run along the scenic coastline of the Gulf of Finland. A number of local libraries will be visited on the way as well as the historic seaside resort of Komarovo, home to summer residences of many famous 20th century intellectuals, that was visited by poets Anna Akhmatova and Joseph Brodsky, composer Dmitri Shostakovich and linguist Dmitry Likhachov. The tour will end on the banks of the Sestroretsky Lake.

As part of the cultural programme, IFLAcampLab participants will be invited to visit museums and theatres and take part in a literary-themed walking tour of Saint Petersburg and a city-wide book exchange.

Bicycles will be provided free of charge to all IFLAcampLab participants.

More information on IFLA NPSIG page and on the Lermontov library page

The route


Baltic Star June 14th 2014 — Local Cycling for libraries event in 4 countries

Baltic star
We are glad to invite you to an unusual cycling tour for librarians and library lovers “Cycling for libraries – Baltic Star” on June 14-20, 2014! With this local event we are supporting and working together with the “Cycling for libraries international” and its objective of getting libraries more recognition and attention in their work to support intellectual equality in society (www.cyclingforlibraries.org).

Cycling for libraries is a professional event for all people working with libraries – in addition to all library lovers, of course. So naturally the content is about libraries, and librarianship, and all things related to them.

“Baltic Star” interview on Belarussian TV channel.


On the 14th of June 4 groups of librarians and library lovers will start from 4 cities – Kaliningrad (Russia), Minsk (Belarus), Plunge (Lithuania) and Preili (Latvia) – and will head out to Kaunas (Lithuania) where all groups will meet on June 19th and hold two-days unconference.
On the way we will visit local libraries, meet with local colleagues and authorities, do workshops, debate, cooperate, laugh and of course cycle.
At the unconference in Kaunas all groups can present their photo and video reports about their five-days trips, specify and discuss the major library issues and problems that have been identified by them as the most important for the countries of their cycling tours.
You are welcome to choose the route you like better!


  • number of participants of each group – 20 (the registration will be announced later)
  • number of km for each group – approx 300 km
  • number of cycling days – 5
  • number of unconference days in Kaunas – 2
  • cost of the registration fee is 100 EUR – the bill will be sent to you personally after you have been registered
  • registration – is open from April 1 to May 14
  • topics – each group will have its special main topic of the tour

The main themes of the routes are

  • “Library collections development in digital age” (Minsk-Kaunas)
  • “Modern library as a multifunctional space” (Kaliningrad-Kaunas)
  • “Library today – myth vs reality” (Plunge-Kaunas)
  • “Children – library users now and in future” (Preili-Kaunas)

The routes

  • Minsk-Zaslauje-Maladziecna-Smarhon-Asmiany-Vilnius-Trakai-Prienai-Birstonas-Garliava-Kaunas (approx 350 km)
  • Kaliningrad-Gvardeysk-Chernyakhovsk-Gusev-Kybartai-Vilkaviskis-Marijampole-Garliava-Kaunas (approx 300 km)
  • Plunge-Varniai-Kelme-Raseiniai-Ariogala-Kedainiai-Domeikava -Kaunas (approx 300 km)
  • Preili-Daugavpils-Zarasai-Utena-Ukmerge-Jonava-Kaunas (approx 300 km)

The coordinators

Baltic Star in Facebook

In media

Cycling for libraries in Kuldiga, Latvia — May 15th, 2014


Cycling for libraries in Kuldiga local tour 15 May, 2014

Theme: “Libraries building bridges” — Libraries building bridges between the people and organizations of the local community, between libraries and their readers in Latvia, and even in the world, etc.


Our cycling day started at 9:00 – participans registrated, received map with day schedule and cap. Then Kuldiga Main library director Laima Ostele express pleasure for everyone who decided to participate and generally informed about this event.
After that our local newspaper photographer take some photos for the newspaper and we started our trip.


First we visit Priedaines library where head of library Lasma Veigelte was prepared us surprize – warm-up exercizes under the guidance of a professional trainer. Then we went to the Vilgale library,where we also provided a rest break. After that – Snepeles library- head of library prepared to us a quiz. After Snepele, we went to Pelci, but on the way we visit farm Mazsalijas (nearby Snepele) to see fallow deers and wild boars. Our tour ended in Pelci, where we eat hot vegetable soup made by Edite – Pelcu cultural event organizer in Ice Cellar. Ice Cellar is a part of Pelci manor complex where library is situated. After that there was a professional guided tour of Pelci manor. Red brick-laid Art Noveau Style Manor-house was built in 1903-1904. Novadays there are Pelci Special Boarding School – Development Centre as well as Pelci library.

We are 18 participants from Kuldiga, Liepaja and Riga (Ilze Marga from Saulaino dienu library).
At the end we were tired, byr happy! Our tour was 45 km long.


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9:00 – 9:30 registration, instructions. Kuldiga main library; Speaker Kuldiga main library manager Laima Ostele;

9:30 – leaving Kuldiga Main library;

9:50 – Visit Priedaine library;

11:45 – Visit Vilgale library;

12:15 – lunchtime near Vilgale Lake;

12:45 – leaving Vilgale;

14:15 – Visit Snepele library;

15:30 – Visit Pelci library;

15:50 – Tour conclusion with evaluation of gains and large soup pot in Pleci Manor Park. Group photo/video

17:00 – Arrive back to Kuldiga

In a journey we will cycle, about 40 km visiting countryside public libraries of Kuldiga district and getting know their beauty and potential that they can give to the people of the local community.

During the trip, we will be building our common bridge by telling and showing participants the individuality of each library and the contribution it makes in this area.

More information

Sanita Tilgale
Direktora vietniece darbā ar pagastu bibliotēkām
Email: sanita.tilgale@kuldiga.lv
Kuldīgas Galvenā bibliotēka
1905. gada iela 6

Cycling for libraries in Tennessee — April 30, 2014


TLA on the Inaugural Cycling for Libraries in Tennessee Bike Tour April 30, 2014

Join at any stop (Mileage 56)

  • Start: Mt. Juliet P.L. at 9:00 am
  • Lebanon P.L. at 10:30 am
  • Watertown P.L at 12:00 (Lunch stop)
  • Linebaugh P.L bookmobile stop Cainsville Rd. (Rutherford/Wilson Co. line) at 2:30 pm.
  • Linebaugh P.L. (Murfreesboro) at 4:30 pm
  •  Finish: Embassy Suites Hotel/Convention Center at 5:30

Cycling for libraries in Texas — April 8, 2014


WELCOME to our first Cycling for Libraries, or conference on a bike, event in Texas! In addition to spending the morning exploring San Antonio streets, parks and institutions, participants will enjoy a memorable networking opportunity while visiting local libraries. 


 More pictures here… and stories here…!

We will cycle a 20-mile round trip from the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center to the outskirts of Bexar County. Our first stop is the famous BiblioTech Library, the country’s first digital library. There we will experience a special tour and a cyclist’s snack break. We then hop back on our bikes and enjoy a short 5 mile ride to the San Antonio Public Library, Mission Branch. See what’s different at this library! Last stop: the convention center for a group photo!

We will be riding the bike trails and about 2-3 miles on public roads. Never ridden 20 miles? Never fear! The route is on a flat trail and public roads, plus you have 7 weeks to prepare! The pace will be moderate around 9-10 mph. Participants receive a specialty designed t-shirt. And,Road ID has graciously donated six gift certificates; so watch for announcement of the winners!

Schedule: Tuesday, April 8th

  • 7:45 am-8:15 am: Check-in, biking instructions, and t-shirts (location at convention center TBA)
  • 8:30 am: Leave the convention center. We need to keep a tight schedule, so please beready to ride at 8:30 am!
  • 10:15 am: Tour stop and snacks/water break at the BiblioTech Library. Host and speaker: Catarina Velasquez, BiblioTech Branch Manager
  • 11:15 am: Visit the San Antonio Public Library, Mission Branch Tour. Host and speaker: Oscar González, Librarian
  • 12:30 pm: Arrive back at the convention center and group hhoto
  • 2 pm: Cycling for Libraries Session with April Kessler

Register onlineCycling for Libraries is the first item under “Ticketed Events” toward the bottom of the form. Registration for the conference is not required to participate in this event! The registration deadline is March 21st. Maximum riders: 50 — Waiting list available! Cost is $25 with bringing your own bike; $35 with bike rental (information coming soon).

We will have riding with us a medic and a bike mechanic. At each location we will have volunteers watching the bikes, so locks are recommended but may not be needed.

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