Founded in 2011, the Cycling for libraries is an international cycling conference for librarians and library lovers. It aims to advocate libraries and increase awareness of the valuable services and resources that libraries offer to the community. We are working together with local library associations and organizations as IFLA and EBLIDA. In June 2013 (from 18th of June to 26th of June) one hundred (100+) librarians and library lovers all over the world will join to cycle from Amsterdam to Brussels to show how vitally important they find the support of society for public libraries and the development of their services. Cycling for libraries pleased to cooperate with major actors in the European library field.
Cycling for libraries is a politically and economically independent unconference and a bicycle tour. It builds physical and mental well-being of library professionals, grassroots networking, and internationalism and — last but not least — the crucial role of libraries for the society and for the intellectual and scientific education in general. Cycling for libraries also supports environmental values and ecological way of life. Cycling for libraries inherits many values from librarianship. Openness, liberalism, access to information, lifelong learning and innovativeness are among these values. Librarianship is also by it’s very nature humanist, internationalist, cross-boundary and concrete.