On 15 April the Polish Book Institute in Krakow inaugurated a two-year program of conferences called Biblioteka Nova, and the aim is to develop the guidelines and direction of development of Polish public libraries. The first conference edition entitled Library 2020 or new challenges for public libraries, was devoted to the changing role of these institutions in modern society. It was attended by the most eminent experts in this field from Denmark, France, Germany and the UK. Their presentations were heard by nearly two hundred representatives of municipal and voivodship libraries throughout the country. The co-organiser of the project was the Krakow Festival Office.