Over the last decade, an absence of investment and institutional care has resulted in the closure of 53 libraries in Kosovo. With only five new libraries being opened, the country is left with a total of just 107, signalling a drastic decline in reading spaces in the country.
Whenever reminisces about the past, Alisahit Bunjaku inevitably remembers the library in Desivojce, a village near Kamenica in eastern Kosovo. As a student in the 1970s, his entire life centered around the library. Every time he finished lessons, he would go there, wait for the librarian, hand over the book he was taking out and his membership card, and then return home and start reading.