Intercultural libraries organize several kinds of encounters that help to cultivate and promote the exchange between people with different cultural and linguistic resources:


In a language café, people who have learned a foreign language in a course or at school have the opportunity to use it and deepen their knowledge with native speakers. The language cafés are run by immigrants who work in the library or live nearby and want to share their knowledge and resources with others who are interested.


Several intercultural libraries offer this opportunity:

In a language tandem, two people who want to learn or deepen their knowledge of another language get together.

  • Baden: Stadtbibliothek / global BIB: Sprach-Tandem
  • Genève: Centre d'intégration culturelle CIC: Troc de langues


The idea of the Human Library is that a library user ‘borrows’ a human being rather than a book. This creates an exciting dialogue during a limited time.

  • Baden: Stadtbibliothek / global BIB: Living Library
  • Genève: Centre d'intégration culturelle CIC
  • Renens: Globlivres
  • Fribourg: LivrEchange

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