Finance 120 librarians cycling from Montpellier to Lyon for the greatest campaign to support libraries ever imagined!


The project

Cycling for libraries is an international cycling conference for librarians and library lovers. It aims to advocate libraries and increase awareness of the valuable services and resources that libraries offer to the community.


More than 100 librarians ready to start...


Founded in 2011, it started with a group of enthusiastic Finnish librarians willing to bring professionals together in a different way, thanks to a friendly mode of transportation.

After Copenhagen-Berlin in 2011, the Baltic States in 2012 and Amsterdam-Brussels in 2013, Cycling for libraries is adopting the French tricolour flag and will be renamed Cyclo-biblio.


From the 6th to the 14th of August 2014, 120 librarians and library lovers from over 15 different nationalities will cycle together from Montpellier to Lyon, a journey of close to 500 kilometres.





The Tour offers the opportunity to visit libraries, meet professionals and share views on our practices, initiate dialogues with elected representatives and raise public awareness on the importance of libraries. We will have a night break in these cities : Nîmes, Avignon, Montélimar, Valence and Vienne.


Cyclo-biblio arrives in Lyon on the 14th of August, for the opening of the World Library and Information Congress (IFLA) involving more than 4500 participants.



Elected representatives, professionals and public support on the road...


The project is a communication campaign on the value of libraries in our society. This is why the role of the media, TV, radios, newspaper and web is key. We need their contribution to promote the event. By leaving their libraries, places that can be viewed as enclosed and protected, professionals of the field aim to raise awareness on the crucial role they play within our society and the threats libraries face in terms of shrinking budgets, staff cuts and censorship in books collections. Promoting the value of libraries as gateways to information and knowledge is our highest priority.



"We hoped that travelling together for this long is a kind of a metaphor for the situation and challenges that libraries face today" (Photo at the European Parliament, Brussels, June 2013).


Thanks to a professional video team, this 34' documentary was produced in 2013 :



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Why fund it?

The first editions of Cycling for libraries have benefited from subventions and other contributions coming from Finland (founder of the event). Completed by participant's subscriptions, it was enough to cover all  expenses. This is not possible this year due to budget reduction measures, so we rely on your generosity to complete the budget.


Solidarity and cooperation are essential values during the trip. They will be as well to finance the project.


Registration's fees cover lunches and daily accommodations in University residence, boarding school or hotel. All organisers are volunteer and pay their own registration. We need complementary funding to cover :

- communication expenses : banners, yellow vests, stickers

- the support of a media professional to promote the event before, during and after

- renting cars and vans to transport the luggage, technical material, video material, kitchen materials and to ensure cyclists' safety on the road

- support the making of a documentary with a professional video team.


If budget permits, we want to help participants with a limited budget by providing discounted registration fees.



On our way between Riga and Tallinn


Cyclo-biblio (Cycling for libraries)

We are a team of French librarians who participated in previous Cycling for libraries (Cyclo-biblio this year) in various European countries. The experience has been wonderfully rewarding and we now would like to introduce the French library network and its supporting professionals to other librarians and library lovers. We wish this event to be a great... See more

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+ About us

We are a team of French librarians who participated in previous Cycling for libraries (Cyclo-biblio this year) in various European countries. The "French team" members are : - Sophie Cornière (Rouen) - Virginie Eck (Lyon) - Anne Guégan (Poitiers) - Lara Jovignot, (Lausanne, Switzerland) - Janika Nocerino (Montpellier) - Jean-Philippe Aynié (Montpellier) - Philippe Colomb (Paris) - Jean-Marie Feurtet (Montpellier) - Pascal Wagner (Saint-Jean-de-Védas). Jukka Pennanen, Cycling for Libraries' producer and president of IALA is also member of the organization team.
The IALA, International Association for Library Advocacy, is set up as an advocate of libraries. The association is focused on campaigning for libraries and is helping us maintain the website as well as helping with registrations and budget. IALA is located in Helsinki and consists of a six member board, all librarians from Finland, Sweden and Denmark. The account are certified by an independent auditor.

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Je soutiens et participerai de toute la force de mes petits molets de cycliste parisienne et "ma" bibliothèque est la plus belle du monde, bien sûr ;-) voir ici :
Même si nous répondons individuellement à chacun et chacune des Kisskissbankers, nous tenons à remercier toutes les personnes qui ont partagé ce projet sur leurs réseaux sociaux, qui en parlent à leurs amis ou à leurs collègues, ou simplement nous soutiennent moralement! C'est aussi ça, la solidarité! Merci!
Les enfants, piliers de bibliothèque, renoncent à un ballon de foot neuf pour soutenir la cause, à défaut de pouvoir eux-mêmes pédaler avec le groupe. En plus, on sera trop content de recevoir une vraie carte postale avec timbre léché par les organisateurs eux-mêmes. Go go Cyclo Biblio!