By supporting contemporary literature of high artistic quality and exploring literature as an artistic genre and reflection of life, the Federal Cultural Foundation is working to preserve Germany’s vital literary scene. In the area of “Word and Knowledge” the Federal Cultural Foundation is financing a major Theodor Fontane exhibition as part of the commemorative programme fontane.200 as well as the Next Library Conference in Berlin, one of the most important independent conferences for professionals in the public library sector in the 21st century.