Image source : IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users.


 is involved in projects that support its Key Initiatives (updated every two years) :

  1. Libraries in Society
  2. Information and Knowledge
  3. Cultural Heritage
  4. Capacity Building

 The most important work in IFLA happens in the various IFLA's Working Groups that make up the organization. They are all filled with enthusiastic people who gather materials and work to further the profession. 

A good way to get started (for Associations, Institutions, Individuals, and for Corporate Supporters) is to become an IFLA member and to get involved in IFLA and one of its many activities

IFLA’s Working Groups enable you - as an IFLA member - to become active at an international level.

IFLA Members can join as many sections as they want.


Under its five main Divisions, IFLA has over 50 Sections and Special Interest Groups on specific library topics. 

Find out which TOPICS suit you best :

1. Libraries, Development and the United Nations 2030 Agenda

2. Copyright Limitations and Exceptions for Libraries & Archives

3. Cultural Heritage

4. IFLA and the Information Society

5. eLending for Libraries

 Social media campaign : #MyiflaGlobalVision was launched in 2017.

January 2018: the campaign counts 22,000 votes from 213 countries and areas of the world! 

Take a look at some great posts here & Contribute with your discussion! 

 FAIFE - IFLA's advisory committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression was launched in 2017.

FAIFE is working to encourage discussion and debate over the essential correlation between the library concept and the values of intellectual freedom

As part of this, IFLA has already announced the establishment of SpeakUP! online space - open for contributions ! 

 IFLA StandardsIFLA plays an active role in developing and promoting Conceptual models, Digital format codes, Rules for resource description, Guidelines, Principles. IFLA Standards are internationally reviewed, published and regularly updated documents. 

Take a look at two new IFLA Standards in 2017:

  • IFLA Library Reference Model (LRM)
  • PRESSOO - is a formal ontology designed to represent the bibliographic information about continuing resources, and more specifically about serials (journals, newspapers, magazines, etc.). 

 IFLA Library Map of the World is a representative source of basic library statistics and a robust tool providing country-level data and a worldwide comparison of different library performance metrics by region. 

As an advocacy tool, the Library Map of the World is also a platform providing access to Sustanaible Development Goals (SDGs) stories demonstrating how libraries in different countries contribute to the United Nations SDGs and serve as partners in meeting local development needs.

Participate in the creation of the Library Map of the World !

 IFLA’s consistent position is that access to information is essential in achieving the United Nations SDGs, and that libraries are not only key partners for governments but are already contributing to progress towards the achievement of the 17 Goals.

For this reason, IFLA launched the International Advocacy Programme (IAP) in 2016, a new capacity-building programme designed to promote and support the role libraries can play in the planning and implementation of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the UN SDGs.

Development and Access to Information (DA2I) is the first of a series of reports that will monitor the progress countries are making towards fulfilling their commitment to promote meaningful access to information as part of the United Nations SDGs.

 Support Libraries, Development and the United Nations 2030 Agenda !

While the SDGs are universal goals, each country will be responsible for developing and implementing national strategies to achieve them, and will be expected to track and report its own progress toward each target.

Complementing core IAP activities, IFLA has produced a TOOLKIT, a booklet, and a handout to support you in your advocacy and awareness-raising activities

Learn more and GET INVOLVED 

Find out more about IFLA from its main website 

- -  News & Event from IFLA
- -  IFLA World Library and Information Congresses
- - All IFLA publications

Additionaly, to be up to date, follow @IFLA on Twitter 



*** ALA (American Library Association) Welcomes Global Library Professionals to its Annual Conference (June 21-26, 2018 in New Orleans). Early registration is NOW OPEN (If you need a letter of invitation for visa purposes, please send a request to the International Relations Office at [email protected]). You’ll learn about key issues  such as digital content and e-books, new technologies in libraries, innovation, leadership, library advocacy and promotion, cataloging and technical services, virtual libraries and archives... and much more.

*** Scholarly Communication, Digital Skills & Services and Research Infrastructure : LIBER Strategy (2018-2022)