The public library of Bergen plays a key role in the inclusion of refugees and has a strong cooperation with the Introduction centre. It is a hub for cultural activities, provides books translated in several languages, as well as bilingual versions of famous Norwegian publications. Everyone can access and use the library without the need for papers or identity documents.
The library has a learning centre and some learning activities including a reading group, an IT club for immigrants - run by a Somali refugee - and a “Norwegian language café”, in cooperation with the Joint Immigrant Council in Hordaland.
Particularly in the past 5 years, the library has become a meeting place for dialogue and has increased the number of activities aimed at multiplying the meeting opportunities between Norwegian residents and the new-comers. For instance, the library organises events during which the refugees can present their countries through an historical and socio-cultural lens, and explain the reasons that made them feeling unsafe in their homeland. The last event of this kind was on Eritrea and the attendance of Eritreans and Norwegian was equal in proportions.