What are your tips for lobbying politicians

Toolbox for lobbying

The dbv provides colleagues in public libraries with practical material and arguments to answer the (explicit or implicit) question: Why invest money in a public library?

Case study

What are libraries doing in Germany

  • Core data on offer and use
  • What is the return on investment for libraries?

Strategies to secure the future

  • Develop a library concept
  • Establish a circle of friends
  • Bring politicians to the library
  • Network with other institutions / associations etc.
  • Be informed about the local discussion topics / council / committee / continuously


  • Define the core message
  • Who is your target audience?
  • Establish a communication strategy
  • Name speakers
  • Counter account failures
  • Questions and answers - convincing messages
  • To tell a story


  • Tips for talking to politicians
  • Tips for maintaining contact with the media and for press interviews as well as tips for press releases
  • Involve library customers in lobbying


  • Political documents
  • statistics
  • Studies
  • Position papers of the associations
  • Library Success Stories
  • Standards