China-Central and Eastern European Countries Library Alliance was launched recently in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province.
The establishment of the alliance is aimed at further pushing the resources sharing, cultural exchange and technological cooperation among the libraries in China and CEEC countries, lifting people-to-people exchange among the Belt and Road countries and regions to a new stage, said Chu Shuqing, the curator of Hangzhou Library, on the launching ceremony.
Initiated by Hangzhou Library, the alliance has so far met positive responses from 36 libraries in 10 countries, namely, Poland, Macedonia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Estonia, Hungary, Serbia, Latvia, Croatia and Bulgaria.
Chu read out the "Launch of China – CEEC Library Alliance Initiative" on the ceremony.
About 300 people, including guests to the third China-CEEC Cultural Cooperation Ministers' Forum, representatives from European Union, Hong Kong, Macaw and other countries and regions, as well as curators from domestic public libraries, witnessed the release of the initiative of the alliance.
Chu also introduced in detail the preparatory work and action plan of the upcoming three years of the project. From 2017 to 2019, Hangzhou Library will widely send out invitations to CEEC, and admit more excellent libraries to the alliance.
It is learned that the first China-CEEC Library Alliance Curators' Forum is scheduled to be hosted by Hangzhou in October 2018, when representatives from member libraries will officially sign the Declaration of China-CEEC Library Alliance.