Coding in libraries

Starting coding activities in your library is easier than what you think! Here are some tips on how to make this happen in your library.

EU code week is back for the 5th year and will run from 7 – 22 October. EU Code Week is a grass-roots movement that celebrates creating with code. The idea is to make programming more visible, to show young, adults and elderly how you bring ideas to life with code, to demystify these skills and bring motivated people together to learn.

As we all know, digital skills such as coding are becoming increasingly important.  Public libraries have been innovating to meet the technological needs of their communities, providing millions of people access to the internet for the first time in their lives, and offering programmes in digital skills training.

Would like coding to be part of your library offer but don’t know exactly where to start from?

Starting coding activities in your library is actually easier than what you think. We have prepared a small toolkit you may want to have a look at. Everything is downloadable here below.

Download presentation here.

Download case-studies (BelgiumRomaniaSlovenia)

We also recommend you to check here the very useful instructions given by the Society of Chief Librarians.

And don’t forget that each country has one or several Code Week Ambassadors, who co-ordinate Code Week activities across sectors and are on hand to provide advice and promote initiatives.  Find out who is the Ambassador for you country clicking here.

Are you already doing coding activities? Do you know a library that is already doing brilliant coding activities?

Let us know! We would love to hear how things work for you and make one of our little case studies on you, so please, do get in touch!

Also remember to register your coding courses at Code Week EU via the interactive map ( to raise awareness of your event(s), and share your work on social media using #codeEU, @CodeWeekEU, European Code Week on Facebook

As we work to share with policymakers in Brussels the many ways in which public libraries contribute each day to helping people learn new skills, we encourage you to share your stories from code week with us. Send us a short note on your activities either via email ( or on Twitter (using @LibrariesEU) / Facebook (Public Libraries 2020), and we will share your story with our audiences.

Please do share the tips with the libraries in your network so that they can get involved!


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During Code Week, on 17-18 October we will hold our annual interactive exhibition Generation Code: Born at the Library at the European Parliament, showcasing the top innovative digital exhibits from public libraries across the EU. We really hope you can come and join us, but if Brussels is too far from you can still follow what is happening through our social media pages and using #GenerationCode.

We look forward to hearing from you!