Metlika People’s Library is a public library with a collection of more than 40,000 items. Its aim is to educate, inform and offer cultural events to the local population. It has a branch in Gradac and mobile book collections in Radovica and Suhor. The library has 1,640 registered readers who borrow around 53,000 items each year. It also has a reading room which seats 26 people. It organises and hosts numerous events including book presentations, storytelling hours, literary and cultural meetings, and various educational projects.
The library serves as the cultural and information centre of Metlika Municipality and cooperates with the regional Centre for Lifelong Learning. Several projects are organised, catering to all age groups, from children to elderly people. Adults and secondary school pupils are encouraged to participate in the library’s book clubs, which meet monthly to discuss selected books.
In cooperation with the Metlika Centre for Social Work, the Metlika People’s Library prepares an array of activities for the Romani people in the region, including events in the library, as well as workshops, storytelling hours, and puppet shows for children that take place in Romani settlements. In 2011, the project “Romani People Invited to the Library” (Romi, povabljeni v knjižnico) was granted the International Reading Association Award for Innovative Reading Promotion in Europe, sponsored by the International Development in Europe Committee (IDEC) of the International Reading Association.
Librarians also pay monthly visits to the Metlika Retirement Home to bring books, as well as read to and discuss them with the elderly who cannot come to the library. The mobile library strives to bring a selection of books, films, and cartoons to remote parts of the Metlika Municipality.