Dear Ukrainian colleagues!

At these extremely difficult times when the Ukrainians are defending their freedom Estonian librarians are with you in their thoughts.

With the support of the Red Cross librarians in Estonia have begun to collect donations to help the Ukrainian people.

We wish our colleagues in Ukraina and the whole Ukrainian people strength and endurance and hope with all our hearts that the war will end as soon as possible so that you can return to your normal life.

Slava Ukraini!

Estonian Librarians' Association


Dear colleagues,
We are strong together and the support of the library community, government and the people of Estonia is very valuable. We highly appreciate it.

Yaroslava Soshynska
Executive Director
Ukrainian Library Association


IFLA Headquarters,
Barbara Lison
Tonia Arahova
IFLA Secretary General 

Public address

Estonian Librarians' Association strongly condemn the Russian Federation's invasion of Ukraine and join the Statement of the Baltic National Libraries and Ukrainian Library Association to exclude Russia from IFLA.

Violence is not justified, and only complete isolation of Russia can stop this madness raging in Europe in the 21st century.

IFLA has always advocated for democracy and equality. War in Ukraine is not compatible with these values.

See also a Statement for Ukrainian librarians and citizens by the Baltic library associations

Estonian governement has decided that the Ministry of Culture will not conclude a program of cultural co-operation with the Russian Federation for the next three years. Estonia has a valid inter-ministerial co-operation agreement with Russia in the field of culture and mass communication, on the basis of which specific activities are planned on the basis of periodic bilateral programs.

On behalf of the board of the Estonian Librarians' Association
Tuuliki Tõiste, The president


Dear colleagues,
Thank you so much for your strong position and support.
It is highly appreciated.

Yaroslava Soshynska
Executive Director
Ukrainian Library Association


#StandWithUkraine 🇺🇦

Dear Ukrainian librarians!

The Library Association of Latvia and all Latvian librarians express our strongest support to you in your work and to each of you personally. In such conditions of war, our profession imposes a double responsibility on us – because we live both in a time of direct war, and information warfare and manipulation of data and human minds. It is our duty as librarians not only to stand up for freedom of expression and free access to information and knowledge, but also to ensure that people have access to reliable and verified information. Our task is not only to verify the truthfulness of the news and information by ourselves, but also to teach it to our citizens so that they do not rely on misinformation and manipulation. Your soldiers – fathers, brothers, husbands and sons – are defending your country physically. Librarians are the ones who defend the country informationally – not allowing false news to prevail. Certainly, we do not live in the world where there is only one truth anymore, but who else, if not librarians with both information and knowledge, can help the people not to be confused in this ocean of true and false news? Active action by librarians to combat misinformation and educate the citizens is now more important than ever. In this matter you have to be on the forefront. If we – Latvian librarians – can help you in the fight against disinformation, contact us, we will give you advice or other support.

Libraries, as democratic places open to all, can be an important support not only informatively but also physically. The experience of many countries shows that libraries can also be a place for physical refuge. Open your doors to anyone who needs it, providing shelter and resort! Libraries can be places where help and support points for citizens and refugees can be located. Furthermore, you have all the resources to provide people with informational and professional support to overcome the crisis and decide next steps. Librarians are one of the central support persons for the population in peacetime. In times of war, your support takes double value and power. Provide support and assistance to anyone who needs it! And do not hesitate to ask others for help if you feel confused and scared. The whole world is now joining the hands of Ukraine. We are sure that colleagues from other countries will provide you with the support and assistance you need.

Dear Ukrainian citizens!

Be strong!

No violence against the state and its people is justified. Russia’s physical invasion demonstrates their weakness and your strength. Everyone deserves to live in an independent and democratic country. Not only the present, but also the future is in your hands – what country do you prefer for your children and grandchildren to live in. Don’t give up! Do not allow provocations and manipulations! Maintain common sense and self-esteem! The citizens of Latvia are with you! Freedom for Ukraine!

Lithuanian and Estonian Librarians Associations and Lithuanian and Estonian librarians have also joined the Statement of the Library Association of Latvia.

Dear friends!

We are very thankful for your support! ❤️
We'll share it via FB and e-mail

Best Oksana Brui


Head raamatukoguhoidjad!

Oleme mõttes ukrainlaste ja Ukraina kolleegidega. Et aga võimalikult tõhusalt aidata, koondasime kokku informatsiooni.

Usun, et lähiajal tekib palju kohti, mis reklaamivad end Ukraina abistajatena.
Vältimaks seda, et langetakse petturite ohvriks, koondasime ametlikud kanalid, mille kaudu annetused ja abi jõuavad ka tegelikult abivajajateni.
Meeldetuletuseks lisan veel ka IFLA koostatud ja eesti keelde tõlgitud lihtsa skeemi valeuudiste ära tundmiseks: LINK  

Raamatukogud on eelkõige usaldusväärse ja kontrollitud allikatest levitatava info vahendajad (Eestis näiteks Eesti riigi- ja valitsusasutused ja Rahvusringhääling). Kui teie poole pöörduvad murelikud elanikud ja küsivad nõu, kuidas aidata, milliseid kanaleid uskuda ja usaldada, siis meie ülesanne ongi eelkõige suunata ametlikele kanalitele.

Koondasime olulisemad kanalid Ukraina infoga abistamiseks .

Olles ise informeeritud ja pakkudes inimestele tuge infohulgas orienteerumisel, saame toetada kolleege koledates sõjakeeristes.

Tuuliki Tõiste



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