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With free and open access to information as a foundation, the mission of Riecken Community Libraries is to promote literacy, self-learning, critical thinking and citizen participation. Today, more than 60 Riecken Community Libraries are not only filled with high-quality books chosen to meet the needs of individual communities, but also connected to the Internet, giving library users access to the planet’s most dynamic repository of information and ideas.

Riecken Community Libraries comprise a network that distinguishes itself from similar development initiatives by the deep roots it plants in the communities where the libraries operate. Riecken libraries are vibrant pulse points supported by innovative programming, especially for children and youth. These spirited learning centers are high impact catalysts for sustainable change.