Social Inclusion Policy and Open Access to Information: The Role of Public Libraries in Peru

Peru is transitioning into a new era of open government and poised to support broad-based social inclusion. However questions remain as to how citizens will access government information, as well as whether or not citizens have the capacity and skills to use it. This brief examines the current state of libraries in Peru, looking at their potential to partner with the Government to advance social inclusion and ensure information access and use. Beyond Access found that some libraries in Peru are already becoming community development hubs — contributing to the improvement of quality of life by providing opportunities to access knowledge, modern technologies, and spaces where citizens can engage with each other and with government. The experiences of these libraries can be used to create a model for the rest of the country.