Public libraries in the Netherlands have joined the Warm Spaces campagne, as initiated by the Dutch Salvation Army. For this campagne locations across the country have opened their doors to provide people with warm places to sit, study, read a book or drink a cup of coffee. By providing this help, the Salvation Army and the libraries aim to support people that are struggling because of the current energy prices.
Traditionally, public libraries already help residents of their municipalities by opening their doors to all. Together, Dutch public libraries provide no less than 17.000 (warm) spots for work and study. The Association of Public Libraries would like the Ministry of Social Affairs and the municipalities to investigate if more action is needed to maintain or expand these warm spaces. On www.warmekamers.nl a map is provided that landmark these spaces across the Netherlands.