NAPLE Forum was founded on October 4, 2002. It is an international non-governmental association pursuing the interests of the national library authorities in Europe. Its main aim is to promote principles and strategies for public library policies.
Membership of NAPLE is open to all national public library authorities or the nearest equivalent to such a policy making institution with national responsibilities for public library services, or, within a federate system, assuming the appropriate level of such responsibilities.
to inform on the present state of the art of public libraries in Europe
to identify areas suitable for co-operation in the new Europe
to support coherent European library policy development
to inspire further national development of library services
to identify topics and areas for mutual future investigation and research
to provide best practice on the work of public libraries