Vera Seitz found a new job at the new Luxembourg National Library, where she is in charge of workshops that help schools and students with their projects. She has a new office too, in the state-of-the-art building financed with the support of the European Investment Bank.

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Vera Seitz studied to become a teacher in Switzerland. But after five years in Luxembourg, she’s a new citizen with a new career. Now 29, she works at the National Library in the new building in Kirchberg, which will be officially opened to the public on 1 October.

“When I had to find a new job, I looked for something different and similar at the same time, and here at the National Library I can really use the skills that I have,” she says.

With her Master’s degree in Secondary Education, with a focus on languages, didactic, pedagogy and psychology, Vera organises workshops to help schools and students understand how the library system works. People are often surprised by the quantity of materials available online and inside the library, which hosts the cultural heritage of Luxembourg and holds more than 1.8 million documents.

Luxembourg National Library and lifelong learning supported by the EU

Funding cultural institutions is difficult, but the goals of the National Library are ambitious. Besides workshops, the staff plan activities targeting lifelong learning and seminars on topics such as how to detect fake news or identify reliable content.

The government is investing €679 million for education projects, including a €300 million loan from the European Investment Bank, the EU bank. That’s key to the National Library’s financing.

The European Investment Bank, the EU bank, supports millions of jobs across Europe. By 2021, investments signed by the EIB Group in 2017 alone are expected to have raised EU GDP by 1.1% and to have created 1.2 million jobs. Even in 2036, there will still be a 0.7% increase in EU GDP as a result of the EIB's 2017 investments, as well as 650,000 extra jobs.