Seven school library units form the Póvoa de Varzim Public Libraries Network. They are members of the National School Libraries Network Programme, coordinated by the Ministry of Education. The Municipal Councils, through their programmes to encourage reading, have been an important ally of the Programme, achieving more consistent operation in the field and aligned with the desires and availability of the schools.
The Rocha Peixoto Municipal Library, responsible for orchestrating the Public Libraries Network, offers schools the necessary support for the functioning of their libraries and the promotion of reading. It collaborates in the development of cultural, educational and technical extension activities in school libraries of all levels of education in the municipality. It provides fun activities, loans for thematic exhibitions, bibliographic exhibitions, training actions for teachers and the implementation of specific projects, such as Story Time.
In addition to the network of school libraries, the Rocha Peixoto Municipal Library also supports some schools that, not being integrated into the national network, have physical conditions for the existence of such a space.
These schools, trained in this way, regularly promote international literacy projects among their students, such as: School Libraries Across Europe, World Read Aloud Day, Book it 18. Some of these projects were recognised by the eTwinning School Label Award.
Finally, the entire school network is mobilised for the annual programme of the Correntes d’Escritas Literary Festival.