The more tolerant the people of the world become, the more peace there will be in the world.  With an international cooperative effort among libraries of the world, pitched to educate people toward tolerance, we’d all be working toward a common goal—namely, peace.”

–C. Walter Mortenson


The Libraries for Peace web portal was created to advance the mission of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians worldwide for the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace.  Libraries as information, education and cultural centers have a role in advancing peace internationally.

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Libraries for Peace: International Information Hub and Call for Action

The promotion of peace has been central to the mission of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs for the past 25 years, and to further the UN 2030 Agenda, the Center has developed the Libraries for Peace initiative to promote the role of libraries to advance peace internationally.  A website and social media provide resources for libraries and others to learn about what libraries are doing to promote peace, how they can initiate their own efforts, and where these actions are taking place; to discuss and share ideas of libraries and peacebuilding; and to serve as an information hub for an international library celebration and action day for peace.  This Libraries for Peace (L4P) Day calls on libraries and librarians around the world to annually observe International Day of Peace on 21 September, and to pledge to act to advance peace.  This international web portal supports and promotes libraries and librarians to collectively promote, support, build on and celebrate our peacebuilding efforts.

“They’re learning our culture, our language, our heritage and realizing we’re just as different and just the same as each other. Now over and over again, people have said, “Let’s build bridges,” and frankly, I want to do more than that. I would like break the walls of ignorance between East and West — no, not the soft option that we have discussed before, but rather the soft power that Joseph Nye has spoken about before. Culture’s a very important tool to bring people together.”
Sheikha Al Mayassa. “Globalizing the Local, Localizing the Global,” TEDWomen 2010, December 2010.  http://www.ted.com/talks/sheikha_al_mayassa_globalizing_the_local_localizing_the_global/transcript?language=en