- Novateca is a network of more than 1,000 public libraries in each of Moldova’s 35 administrative regions, providing the public with 21st-century technology tools, digital literacy learning resources, and community services that address local needs.
- More than 450,000 library visitors have learned general internet skills and 260,000 have used Novateca library resources to access government information and services online.
- Local public authorities’ investment in community libraries rose to nearly $1,200 per library in year two, an increase from just $670 during the pilot phase.
- Novateca employs a rigorous monitoring and evaluation methodology, collecting data with an array of surveys and reporting tools. These are complemented by regular national surveys that assess Moldovans’ ever-changing information needs.
- Moldovans are now better able to participate in their communities and access key information to improve their lives. In 2014, 82% of patrons surveyed reported learning about community or civic activities as a result of library tech, 86% reported improving their health, and 37% used library services to search for agricultural information. For more on public library use in Moldova, see the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Global Libraries Data Atlas.
Key Novateca initiatives