Bibliotecha workshop


Information for Bibliotecha workshop organizers


Bibliotecha is a local offline network for distribution of digital texts, that allows local communities to build and share their electronic text collections. Bibliotecha relies on a small computer (a RaspberryPi) running open-source software to serve ebooks over a local and open WIFI hotspot. Using the browser to connect to it, one is given the option to retrieve or donate ebooks that Bibliotecha node.

Bibliotecha’s workshops are centered on implementing from the ground up Bibliotecha nodes.
The workshop introduces Bibliotecha’s essential architecture, the open-source software it relies upon, such as Calibre, Lighttpd and hostapd, as well as Unix/Linux fundamental concepts such as the shell interface, SSH protocol, Linux software repositories.
At the end of the workshop each (group of) participant(s) will take home a Bibliotecha node, ready to distribute electronic books.
Participants with all levels of knowledge are welcomed. You just need to have a laptop and be at ease with it ;]





  • 5 hours
  • + 2 hours for preparation



  • 300 € (for workshop with two workshop leaders)
  • If required, transportation and accommodation for workshop leaders.

Previous workshops

Workshop leaders

Note: two workshop leaders are present at each workshop.


Maximum number of participants

  • 10 individual participants or groups of participants


Technical requirements for workshop location

  •  Internet connection (with at least one connection over Ethernet)
  • A network switch (or several), with 2 ports for each participant/group
  • Ethernet cables (one for  each participant/group)
  •  Plenty of power sockets and strips
  • One video projector or large-LCD with HDMI input


Required material  for participants

  • 1 Raspberry Pi (model 1 or 2)
  • 1 USB-wifi adapter with generic 80211 driver (we recommend the TP-Link TL-WN722N) ( A list of USB-wifi adapter with generic 80211: )
  •  power supply for the Pi
  • own laptop – preferably running Linux, Mac OS, or other Unix based OSes.(Windows will be tricky to help you with SSHing and interaction with Unix-like Pi operating system, but if you are comfortable doing it on your own all should be fine).
  •  5€ for the SD-card. (We’ll supply an SD-card for each participant with a GNU/Linux  operating system – Raspbian – already installed )


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