Public Libraries

Libraries are the heart of local communities and taking part in Inter Faith Week is a great way to strengthen ties with a diverse population

Below are some ideas for Inter Faith Week. These draw on successful activities held by public libraries in recent times. 

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intercultural tea party at batley library 2019

Batley Poets giving a reading at Batley Library, 2021

St Helens Library

Faith leaders and local authorities at a talk at St Helens Library, 2021


  • Produce a video of local faith community members talking about why libraries are so important to local communities and what their faith has to say about the importance of learning
  • Produce a video about how you serve local communities in our religiously diverse society
  • Invite authors of different faith backgrounds to talk about how their religion has influenced their writing
  • Create a display of books and/or an online collection relevant to Inter Faith Week
  • Organise a group of helpers from different faiths to do some volunteering for the library, such as planting flowers or creating a display
  • Host an event such as a panel of faith leaders speaking on a topic like climate change
  • Set up a ‘Living Library’ event where visitors can borrow a ‘human library book’ for half an hour to learn about the person’s faith
  • Hold an arts and crafts session or workshop for different ages, inviting participants to contribute to an Inter Faith Week display that can be exhibited throughout the Week
  • Arrange a week-long programme with music, stalls and displays, workshops and film
  • Produce a social media series throughout the Week highlighting books from you collection with an Inter Faith Week theme
  • Initiate a plan on how to diversify further your collection to reflect faiths and beliefs in the local community, engaging in outreach with local faith communities and inviting feedback
  • Offer a space in your library for community Inter Faith Week events


tonbridge library inter faith speaker event inter faith week 2019

Artwork by Hillingdon school children at Botwell Green Library, 2021


  • Create an Inter Faith Week book display in your library
  • Choose a book for Storytime that has an Inter Faith Week theme, or invite guests of different faiths to tell a story from their faith tradition or history - this could be followed by a discussion of how people with different faiths can live in harmony
  • Organise an Inter Faith Week poetry or short story competition, with the winning entries put on display or read out loud at a special awards ceremony
  • Organise an Inter Faith Week 'reading challenge', with a prize, with children invited to read two or three short books throughout the Week with themes and topics linked to the Week
  • Provide Inter Faith Week themed activities for children to participate in, such as arts and crafts, quizzes and wordsearches

If you hold an activity, please do take a few minutes to register it on the IFW website. If you register you will also be eligible for a free pack with Inter Faith Week stickers, a poster, flyers, and a blank message card on which to share an Inter Faith Week message!


Published 24 August 2021

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