International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

Fédération internationale des associations de bibliothécaires et des bibliothèques
Federación Internacional de Asociaciones de Bibliotecarios y Bibliotecas
Internationaler Vereinigung bibliothekarischer Verbände und Einrichtungen
Mezdunarodnaja Federacija Bibliotecnyh Associacij i Ucrezdenij
الاتحاد الدولي لجمعيات ومؤسسات المكتبات

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1927-09-30 Edinburgh UK


Founded at 50th Anniversary Conference of the British Library Association, when representatives of 15 countries signed the resolution.

Statutes adopted 1929, Rome (Italy); modified: 1930; 1964; 1967. Statutes changed and present name adopted at 42nd Council meeting, 23 Aug 1976, Lausanne (Switzerland); Statutes amended at the following Council meetings: 49th, 21 and 26 Aug 1983, Munich (Germany FR); 51st, 18 Aug 1985, Chicago IL (USA); 53rd, 16 Aug 1987, Brighton (UK) 1987; 55th, 20 Aug 1989, Paris (France). New Statutes adopted, 14 Aug 2008; Québec QC (Canada). Rules of Procedure adopted by the Council, 27 Aug 1979; amended by the Council in 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1993, 2001.

New Statutes and Rules of Procedure adopted, 26 Aug 2021, amended by the Governing Board 2022.


Promote high standards of delivery of library and information services; encourage widespread understanding of the value and importance of high quality library and information services in the private, public and voluntary sectors; represent the interests of members worldwide; encourage appropriate forms of association with IFLA in countries where library associations are non-existent or too weak to take an active part in international activity.


2024-08-19 | Dubai, United Arab Emirates – World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) : Annual General Conference and Assembly

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General Assembly (annual); World Library and Information Congress (annual); Governing Board; Professional Council; Regional Council; Professional Divisions (8) with Sections; Special Interest Groups; Regional Divisions (6); Advisory Committees (4) with Review Groups (4); Regional Offices (4); Language Centres (4). Headquarters in The Hague (Netherlands).


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UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 5: Gender EqualityGOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic GrowthGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 13: Climate ActionGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong InstitutionsGOAL 17: Partnerships to achieve the Goal



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