In addition to their main services, public libraries offer a range of services to support the livelihoods of local people, from mentoring people in digital activities to facilitating language learning and crisis assistance.
However, awareness of the potential of public libraries as partners and contributors in achieving the strategic goals of their field has been rather modest among representatives of the thematic areas that have been the focus of the analysis (e.g., health promotion, integration, labour market services, promotion of financial literacy, lifelong learning).
To develop multidisciplinary services and increasingly perform multifunctional tasks, the field of public libraries must have a comprehensive vision of the future roles of public libraries. While so far there has been no institution with a central responsibility in the field of public libraries to promote the development of services and cooperation between libraries and different policy fields, the new Public Libraries Act should establish the institution of the Public Libraries Development Centre. Also, the resources necessary to fulfil the tasks should be planned from the state budget.
Moreover, a strategic approach and leadership are also needed from the policy fields to develop services in cooperation with the public libraries to support the achievement of the strategic goals of a field and improve citizens’ access to information and digital services.
As a result of the analysis, three models of interdisciplinary cooperation were created, which describe the possibilities of organizing cooperation between public libraries and different policy fields.