Prof. Penka Tsoneva, D.Sc.
Sofia University „St. Kliment Ohridski“
Abstract. 165 years separate us from the creation of the unique structure for Bulgarian education – the library community centers. The evolution of their functions has an unchanging focus – raising the cultural and educational level of the population regardless of gender, age, beliefs, ethnicity and religion, carried out in different, historically originated forms. One of them is the the Library folk university – a higher form of library education in its capacity of the most popular extracurricular education.
The derived practices and approaches applied by the people's universities in the process of education of the local population according to its real spiritual and social needs are a valuable experience for the modern educational policy, called to be an active factor for self-education and lifelong learning.
Keywords: library folk universities; еducational practices; users of knowledge; lecture staff