The aim of the centre is to provide a study space for educators, researchers, interested individuals in the community and lifelong learners. At PEC, one can explore various publications on topics related to Education for a Culture of Peace and get together with other community members in order to exchange knowledge and ideas about relevant issues. In addition to catering for adults, PEC promotes learning opportunities for children through alternative books and participatory activities designed to expand their horizons.

The Peace Education Centre reflects our commitment to the core values of:

  • Peace and Reconciliation
  • Respect and Equality
  • Inclusiveness and Participation
  • Democracy and Social Justice
  • Environmentalism and Sustainability
  • Active Citizenship and Lifelong Learning

 

Peace Education Library Policy Summer Term 2015

Mission
Libraries are indispensable in meeting the educational, information and entertainment needs of members of the society. They endorse the freedom of access to information and uphold literacy and democratic values, by promoting equality, opportunity in access, and understanding to all members of the society (Mckee).
In a country with a prolonged period of conflict, such a Peace Centre and a Library is essential. Public libraries across the divide often tend not to go beyond the official historical and ideological narrative. Maheswara (2008) noted that although there is a long history of threats to libraries, they can play an important role in creating ethnic harmony. Even though millions of books have been already digitized and easily found online, we believe in the importance of shared experience in public spaces as opposed to individualism as one of the pillars of any given peace process.

Furthermore, there is a need to provide the space where educators can engage in a critical process about current curricula and textbook, identify stereotypes and violent discourse which in turn will give room for the creation of new educational material. It’s our aim and wish that educators will be inspired to try out this new material in their classrooms and eventually reclaim educational space together with their students.We hope that our Peace Education Library will live to serve every member of our community, whether to be used as a space for relaxing enjoyment, private study, or collaboration on projects and publications.

Catalogue
As of June 2015, the Peace Education Library contains 335 English titles and almost 100 Turkish and Greek titles from various Culture of Peace fields, including Conflict Resolution, Peace-building, Peace Education, Multiculturalism, Dialogue and Reconciliation, Gender Equality, Human Rights, Animal Rights, Ecological Sustainability and Inner Peace. These titles also cover Pedagogy, History, Philosophy, Literature and International Relations.
Our trilingual Children’s catalogue contains almost 100 fiction and non-fiction titles for toddlers, children and teens to explore and enjoy. Stories and activities introduce young readers to a variety of Culture of Peace topics and values, including diversity, respect for the environment, compassion and critical thinking. Please contact the project team to organize a reading session for your young ones.

The Library contains over 150 journals and articles by leading names from the fields of International Relations and Conflict Studies, as well as a wide archive of materials related to the political Peace Process in both Cyprus and Ireland including news articles, statements, report and resolutions.

The Library also contains Cypriot textbooks from across the divide in subjects such as History and Social Sciences. There are manuals for teachers and students as well as publications from the implementing organisations and others. A Peace Education section of the Library has also been installed in the premises of the Association for Historical Dialogue and Research at the Home for Cooperation (H4C).

Membership
Usage in the Library of the Library’s materials during opening hours is free for all individuals, students, educators and organizations. This type of usage requires a name, national or student ID card (which will be photocopied and stored in the library’s user database) and signature.

Members of POST Research Institute may borrow up to 2 books for up to 30 days. POST RI annual membership fee is 10euros/30TL. Please click here to download an application form, or visit us to fill one in manually. Users who are not members of POST RI may borrow up to 2 books for up to 15 days. Non-members must give a deposit of 5euro/15TL per book each time.

Please note that titles from the Children’s catalogue may not be removed from the Library. Similarly, designated books, as well as all journals, may be photocopied or used within the Center but cannot be borrowed. We accept donations for photocopies and due to copyright can only permit users to copy up to 1/3 of any given material per day.

Reservations, Renewals and Fines
Members may refer to the online catalogue before visiting the Library to check the status of, and reserve any title from its relevant due date onwards. Providing there are no reservations or requests for usage, borrowed titles may be granted renewal by project staff if so requested. Please note that when books are borrowed, users will receive a reminder email from the project staff 3days prior to the relevant due date.

In order to ensure the sustainability of the Library and fairness for all existing and potential users, severely damaged or misplaced books must be replaced or reimbursed according to the original order sheet kept by project staff. Members that do not return books within 5 days from the due date will be fined 2euro/5TL per day. Given the specialization of our Library in this region, we appreciate your understanding and cooperation on this matter and look forward to working with you to preserve and protect all the material.

Facilities
The Library is equipped with an open and welcome study space including desk, chairs and a PC. Users may also take advantage of the wireless internet connection, as well as the printing, fax and photocopy device. The Library also has a kitchenette with drinks making services and a peaceful garden with outdoor furniture that can be used for both study and relaxation.

Please note that activities organized by the project and partners will occasionally take place in the Library, therefore we recommend that users and members check our online calendar prior to visiting. In general, however, such activities will be open to the public and free.

We encourage civil society organisations to use our space for small events such as film screenings and book launches. Get in touch with us if you would like to hold an event at the Centre. The Library is also equipped with a projector and screen, in addition to meeting equipment such as a white board.

We appreciate the respect on behalf of all members and users towards others in regards to noise levels and usage of space. We regret that the Peace Education Library currently has limited disabled access.

Opening Hours
The Library is open from 9am until 5pm Monday to Friday. For specific research and study needs, members may contact project staff in order to arrange a session outside of these hours, but this cannot be guaranteed.

Contact Details
The Peace Education Library is located in the Peace Education Centre at the premises of POST Research Institute, at 14 Ferruh Cambaz Sokak Koskluciftlik Lefkosa, Cyprus.
Please visit our website for more details: www.e4cp.org including directions from Ledra Palace Checkpoint.
Email: info@e4cp.org
Phone-1: +90 392 227 6843
Phone-2: +357 97 743074

Donations
Our Library very much benefits from donated material and it is our hope that it will continue to do so. Please get in touch with us if you or your organization would like to contribute with relevant material. We would like to thank the Indian Embassy, PRIO, the NGO Support Center and STEP India, as well as the many other individuals for their generosity and support.