WelcomeBIB, the reception program in the public libraries of Catalonia

WelcomeBIB, the reception program in the public libraries of Catalonia


WelcomeBIB is a social inclusion and integration project promoted by the Department of Culture, in collaboration with the Diputació de Barcelona, ​​Diputació de Girona and Biblioteques de Barcelona, ​​which aims to make public libraries a welcoming place for the local community and that they have a framework of action and resources to offer services and facilitate the integration through the public library of groups that arrive in Catalonia.

With this action, the Department of Culture of the Generalitat wants to emphasize the relevance of participation in the cultural life of the local community as a tool for welcoming and including newcomers to Catalonia such as refugee families and young migrants. they are the only ones in the protection centers of the General Directorate of Child and Adolescent Care (DGAIA). The aim is to publicize the public library and its services, encourage reading, increase interest in learning, and increase the link with the local community through public libraries. 

WelcomeBIB Ukraine

Work is underway on the acquisition of Ukrainian-language bibliographic holdings on paper or digital, informative materials in Ukrainian as well as the design of activities to encourage reading and emotional support with special emphasis on children. The libraries will provide all refugees who wish with a library card and access to the public digital content platform eBiblioCAT, which already has works in Ukrainian:

1. Thematic lots of children’s literature and comics in Ukrainian:

  • Joan Triadú Library of Vic
  • Fages de Climent de Figueres Library
  • Conangla and Fontanilles de Montblanc Regional Library
  • Marcel·lí Domingo Library in Tortosa
  • Fort Pienc Library of Barcelona

2. Selection of books in Ukrainian on eBiblioCat  – BiblioDigital :

3. Activities to encourage reading and emotional support

  • Tales to hear by Gina Clotet from Umpalumpa and Álvar LLusá
  • Joan Triadú Library in Vic: May 9 at 6 p.m.
  • Marcel·lí Domingo Library in Tortosa: 12 May 18
  • Guissona Library: May 13 at 6 p.m.
  • Clages de Figueres Fages Library: May 17 5:15 p.m.
  • Fort Pienc Library of Barcelona: May 20 5:30 p.m.
  • Terra Baixa del Vendrell Public Library – Coma-ruga reading room: May 24 at 6 p.m. 
The List of Online Resources in Ukrainian

The List of Online Resources in Ukrainian

The list was provided by Oksana Brui, President of the Ukrainian Library Association in cooperation with The National Library of the Czech Republic.

Educational games

  • Nravo Kids
    Children’s development with mobile games, creative manners and craftswomen.
  • Mouse alphabet
    The first interactive mobile Ukrainian alphabet in free access was created to learn the Ukrainian alphabet and write letters correctly in the form of a game.

Books in Ukrainian

Access to literature in one’s mother tongue is significant support for people outside their country. However, the creation of collections of Ukrainian literature in libraries may take some time. In the beginning, you should use network resources by making e-books and audiobooks available.

What can be done?

  • share information on social networks so that it reaches as many people as possible,
  • place links on the library website,
  • share them with other libraries, for example in local or regional cooperation networks
  • Prepare posters with QR codes so that everyone who visits the library can read books on their device.

Materials provided by publishing houses and organizations of Ukraine

Electronic collections and electronic libraries:

  • Librarius
    This is a modern library on your smartphone. Novelties and bestsellers, world classics and children’s books, motivational literature, popular non-fiction – all in one mobile application. Use the digital library, which is always at hand. Read anywhere, anytime.
    Books for children and Fantasy for children and teenagers are available for free
    New audiobooks of the best quality for smartphones and tablets.
    Children’s and teen literature is available for free listening https://abuk.com.ua/catalog/genre/7
  • Osvitoria Association
    Beautifully illustrated children’s books from Ostrovita Media. Among other things, there are children’s books that can help calm a child, help them fall asleep, as well as adventure, detective or educational books (such as critical thinking). This collection also includes the book “How to support the Ukrainian army – letters to war.” Age about 3-9 years.
  • BaraBooka: space of the Ukrainian children’s book
    Books for children aged 3-9 are provided by the publishing house “Morning” for download in pdf format. The Living Writers guide can also be found on the website to help encourage children to read. The manual was developed by Smart Education and the Ukrainian Book Institute. It contains book descriptions that can be downloaded along with exercises and qr codes.
  • Old Lion Publishing House
    It offers 30 free titles for both children and adults. There are 3 steps to download the eBook:

1) Sign up and/or join the Old Lion community

2) From the offered books in electronic form, select the editions you need and add them to the cart (by clicking “Buy e-book”) and complete the order. The cost of books from the list is UAH 0.

3) After placing an order, the book will be available for download in the personal account in .epub, .fb2, .pdf and .mobi formats.

  • Knigo Go
    Catalogue of free books for download in the following formats: .fb2, .rtf, .epub, .txt for iPad, iPhone, Android and Kindle. A wide range of literature for both children and adolescents. The website does not require you to log in or create an account.
  • Libruk
    The Libruk website has collected works by Ukrainian classics and contemporary authors of various genres and times. Here you can download books in the most popular formats, and read online directly on the library’s website.
  • Ukrainian literature
    Electronic library of works of classical Ukrainian literature. Writers are structured in alphabetical order. With just one click you can select the desired author and a page will open with a list of all the necessary materials. In addition to materials about writers, there are also their works that can be read directly on the site or downloaded in various formats (.docx .fb2 .pdf .djvu).
  • Reading book
    Children’s Public Online Library “Chitanka” specializes in Ukrainian-language illustrated books. The authors of the project scan old children’s books with pictures in order to share them with modern children.
    To find the right book you should use the author’s, alphabetical or systematic catalogue. In the first two chapters the books are arranged by author or title, and in the second they are grouped by the following sections: “Foreign”, “Ukrainian”, “Children’s”, “Cognitive”, “Story”, “Stories”, “Fairy Tales”, “Fairy Tales”. “Yes”, “Poetic Works”, “Humor”, “Magazines”, “Textbooks”, etc.
    All books in the Reader can be downloaded in a single DJVU format, so they can only be read on tablets or readers that support this e-book standard.
    Public electronic library of Ukrainian fiction. The authors are presented in alphabetical order. Texts of works can be read both on the library page, and it is possible to download works in .txt and .pdf format.
  • Electronic Library of Ukrainian Literature
    The Electronic Library of Ukrainian Literature of the University of Toronto (Canada) is a personal project of University Professor Maksym Tarnavsky.
  • Library of World Literature
    Originals and translations. The information is presented both by genres and in general by chronological periods of literature development, for example, romanticism, realism, modernism, etc. By clicking on the link, you can read the works online in the original or in Ukrainian translation.
  • Discourse Publishing House
    Hlyna – a series of workbooks that fall in love with Ukraine. Created primarily for children of children living in Ukraine abroad for use both in weekend schools and at home.
  • E-book UA
    A large library of e-books, divided into sections: biographies, historical novels, adventure, science fiction, fantasy, crime novels, science and education, love novels, books for children and others. There is a separate section with audiobooks of Ukrainian and foreign literature. You can also download school textbooks and encyclopedias here. Most of the books on the site are Ukrainian and foreign fiction. Both classic works and books by modern authors are available.
  • JavaLibre
    You can download books for free or view texts online in JavaLibre. Literature in Ukrainian is collected on the site in the following formats: .jar, .jad, .txt, .fb2, .epub, .doc, easy to read on mobile devices. Readers have access to historical books, fairy tales, humour, children’s literature, women’s novels, fairy tales, science, poetry, religion, philosophy, science fiction, and fantasy.
  • The Open Book is an electronic library of classics of Ukrainian and world literature. The site distributes free copyrighted literature and publishes only works that are licensed for public use. Here you can download or read from the site classic publications, works of the school curriculum.
  • Library of Ukrainian Literature
    The purpose of this website is to make Ukrainian literature accessible to anyone who wants to read it. The site presents Ukrainian and world literature, as well as popular science books and books on literary studies in Ukrainian. It is possible to read full and abbreviated texts.
  • Find a book!
    With the help of the search engine you can find books in electronic formats (.txt, .rtf, .doc, .pdf, .fb2, .epub, .mobi, .djvu) and paper formats, all books are available in Ukrainian.

Selected books:

  • Larisa Denisenko’s “Children of Air Alarms”– book by Larisa Denisenko “Children of Air Alarms”, written on the basis of events in modern Ukraine. Most children know that at the sound of a siren they should immediately hide in a shelter, and many spend the night in bomb shelters. Writer and human rights activist Larysa Denysenko has written a sequel to Maya and Her Mother – the same children from different families are now hiding from Russian bombs in shelters.
  • Anastasia Stepula’s World Without Borders – Osnovy Publishing House has published the book A World Without Borders equality. The publication is intended for school-age children. The book can be downloaded for free.
  • Bohdan Krasavtsev’s “Eco-stories for my little friends” – there are eight stories about solving environmental problems presented in fiction stories. Incidents take place in Odesa and Kyiv, Chernivtsi and Lviv, Kharkiv and Makarov, etc. The book has tips on where to dispose of used batteries, why to sort plastic, how to combat climate change, what phosphate detergents are harmful and why we should save energy.

Tales, legends, stories, poems


Electronic resources created by libraries:




Digiteket is a platform of National Library of Sweden for digital training and inspiration. We mainly turn to library staff – but everyone is welcome to take part in Digiteket’s material.

Due to the war in Ukraine, Digiteket collects articles and courses that can be helpful in the library’s work in various ways.

Knihovny Ukrajině / Moravian Library in Brno (Knihovny.cz)

Knihovny Ukrajině / Moravian Library in Brno (Knihovny.cz)

Czech Republic

Shared platform of materials for working with Ukrainian children

Within the Library for Libraries Facebook group, there was a need to create a signpost where materials that could be used by libraries to work with Ukrainian children during the migration crisis would be published. It is already affecting us at the moment, and libraries should also be involved in its mitigation. This follows from her role as a supporter of democracy. After a quick agreement with the library director Lukáš Dlapa, who came up with the idea to use the Knihovny.cz portal for the signpost, and the support of Lenka Hanzlíková from the Municipal Library in Prague, we prepared this website within 24 hours, which will function as a place to share materials. usable for the above purposes.