The National Book and Reading Center, NLC, was established by DCM. Nr. 24, dated 16.1.2019. The purpose of this is to follow and implement projects in the field of books, aiming to spread the culture of reading throughout the country and abroad.
In this context, it designs programs, finances projects in the field of books, supports the publication of books and magazines in the field of literature and social sciences, creates the conditions to promote literary creativity, provides financial support and organizes competitions for awarding national literary prizes.
The center realizes and promotes international collaborations, translations of works by Albanian authors in foreign languages and foreign ones in Albanian, presents Albanian literature at the international level and promotes the development of the books network throughout the country.
Some of the projects implemented in 2020 are:
"Supporting children's literary creativity";
"Translation Fund from Albanian to Foreign Languages";
"Translation Fund from Foreign Language into Albanian";
"Quarantine Competition", a project that aimed to support and stimulate creativity in the difficult period of the pandemic by providing direct funding to the authors.
"Literary Creativity Fund for Youth",
-Work continues on the national literary awards that will be announced in December, in 6 categories of creations.
Collaboration projects with libraries are also being planned, also in digitalization. The open call "Projects 2020" has been announced, where 5 projects have been realized.
In the coming years the Center will consolidate its activity by increasing the number of partners and increasing the number of financially supported projects.