Not just books – libraries for supporting entrepreneurship!

Not just books



26 months

Business and SME development

Promotion of and support to entrepreneurship


Summary of the project

“Not just books – libraries for supporting entrepreneurship!” (“Not just books”) is aiming at supporting entrepreneurship in North Latgale (Latvia) and Pskov region (Russia) by involving libraries in improving business skills and spirit among locals.

Balvi municipality and Dedovichi District Central Library supported by Association “Creative Ideas”, will continue their well-established cooperation to work on a distinctive and specific challenge for their territories. With limited local market opportunities and far distances to major economic centers, these project partners will support microbusinesses and self-employed persons in strengthening capacities and improving sustainability of their business in challenging conditions.

Project activities involving 3 local business development organisations and 40 small enterprises, will include:

  • improvement of services and equipment for business support organisations and renovations in libraries (6 facilities in total);
  • 2 study visits and joint summer school for libraries, municipalities and NGOs working with entrepreneurs;
  • set of activities under a joint heading “Local Buzz: Local and international activities for facilitating entrepreneurship” with individual consultations, trainings, online manual and targeted support to local entrepreneurs willing to tap on bigger markets (over 50 activities in total).


The pressing cross-border character of the project is confirmed by the fact that 3 associated partners have joined the work, among them is Bauska Central Library with valuable experience in creating business libraries and entrepreneurship education centres in libraries in Latvia and Lithuania. Also, Central Library Systems of Dnovsky and Porhovsky Districts will participate in knowledge transfer and disseminate further entrepreneurship support via libraries.

Project budget:

  • Total budget - 250 000.00 EUR
  • Programme co-financing - 225 000.00 EUR

List of partners:

  • Association "Creative Ideas"
  • Balvi municipality
  • Municipality budget culture institution "Dedovichi District Central Library"

Lead Beneficiary:

Association "Creative Ideas"

Vesetas street 30 - 61, LV-1013, Riga, Latvia



Total partner budget:

109127.55 EUR

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