The Danish Library Centre for Integration
The Danish Library Centre for Integration (SBCI) is part of the Danish State & University Library, (an institution under The Danish Ministry of Culture) which delivers a wide range of shared national services to public libraries throughout Denmark.
We purchase books, music, films, audiobooks and e-books in cooperation with our consultants who have comprehensive knowledge of the individual languages and cultural traditions of the various countries we buy from. Each year we purchase materials in around ten languages. Our languages of focus are: Arabic, Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian, Persian, Turkish, and Urdu. These languages make up 75-80 percent of our total acquisitions and loans.
Our core service is lending books, music, and films to Danish public libraries.
We primarily lends out books on a subscription basis. This scheme ensures that the public libraries receive an automatic, up to date, and free delivery of materials in the languages requested by the individual library. The materials are delivered and exchanged two to four times a year. Along with the subscription we send multilingual marketing materials, including post cards, folders etc. in order to support the public libraries’ services to the public.
Library users who have come to Denmark as refugees or immigrants, can borrow books and other materials in their own language at the local library. The library will in turn request it from SBCI, as individuals cannot borrow directly from SBCI, but should go through their local library.
The library user can either request books etc. at the local library or make an order at bibliotek.dk. bibliotek.dk is a database of the items found in the stock of the Danish public libraries. We have produced multilingual guides on how to order books etc. at bibliotek.dk.
We focus on advice and cross-disciplinary knowledge sharing and host a range of workshops and conferences on the topic of multilingual library services. We co-ordinate and manage projects. And we work with both Danish and international agents in order to further multicultural library services.
The world’s first digital library with online access to music, films and e-books from all over the world. The use of the database is limited to Danish citizens only. See verdensbiblioteket.dk.
Homework Support Online
The State and University Library runs the Homework Support Online (Lektier Online) project – a development project managed by representatives from the Ministry of Integration, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Culture as well as by the State and University Library.
The idea behind Homework Support Online is that students and homework helpers meet online in real time via chat, web cams, file sharing, and a digital whiteboard.
The project is still being developed, and the goal is to roll out the scheme on a nationwide basis. Read more (in Danish).