The National Reading Program

The Ministry of Culture
Describe the main features of the policy/measure: 

It is a policy that encourages reading through state subsidy of editions and government subsidy of sales prices to promote greater and more democratic access to literature, books and reading for all sectors of the population.

What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?: 

Up to the present time, an annual publication has remained relatively stable, the celebration of a national event such as the International Book Fair and other events and spaces to promote books and reading, in addition to a stable system of competitions and National Prizes that promote literary creation and a national system of public and school libraries that allow access to books and reading from the earliest ages. (Annex 2)

Financial resources allocated to the policy/measure in USD: 

229,448,769.00 USD

Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure: 
Name of partnerType of entity
The José Martí National Library of Cuba
Public Sector
The Cuban Book Institute
Public Sector
The Cuban Book and Reading Observatory
Public Sector
The Ministry of Education
Public Sector
The National Association of Pedagogues of Cuba
Civil Society Organization (CSO)
The Rubén Martínez Villena Public Library
Public Sector
The National Network of Bookstores
Public Sector
The National System of Public Libraries
Public Sector
The School Library System
Public Sector
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: 
If yes, what are the main conclusions/recommendations?: 

The evaluation mechanisms of the thematic work pillars are periodically reviewed:
* Evaluation and follow-up of the Program's specific and more systematic strategies (PNPL) that can take, as indicators in the libraries, the increase in the number of contestants per year, increase in loans, collection of unsatisfied demands and bibliographic consultations, extensions of the library in schools, the hospital centers and others.
* Daily monitoring of online digital publications show a noteworthy increase in the number of visits on the website in the last few months (421,190 visits), where there are 150 books for free download, and the most downloaded is Postales de Jose Marti with 1,939, while the rest surpasses 100 downloads.
* The desiderata of the country's public library system are shared with related institutions, as a way to allow publishers, the Observatory and others to issue recommendations, policies and work strategies.

Objetivo(s) de la Convención 2005 de la UNESCO
Dominios culturales
Industria editorial