Regional Centre for the Promotion of Books in Latin America and the Caribbean

Centre régional pour la promotion du livre en Amérique latine et dans les Caraïbes
Centro Regional para el Fomento del Libro en América Latina y el Caribe (CERLALC)

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Apr 1971, Bogota (Colombia) under an International Cooperation Agreement between United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Government of Colombia, as an integral part of a UNESCO programme for the establishment of similar centres in other regions (Karachi, Tokyo (Japan), Yaoundé). Agreement approved by the Colombian Government, Dec 1971; new Agreement approved by he Columbian Government, Nov 1986. A UNESCO Category II Centre.


Instigate the formulation of national policies on books and reading aimed at improving the production, dissemination and distribution of books in Latin America and the Caribbean; promote measures to develop and coordinate the book market in this region as a step towards forming a common book market; support national book and reading promotion activities; conduct or support research on reading habits, levels and interest; carry out studies on the best strategies for promoting reading; promote training courses for people working in the field; advise and help strengthen public and school libraries; provide general and technical information on all stages of creating, printing and distributing books and on reading and copyright laws, by carrying out studies and compiling and distributing statistics, information and documentation on production, distribution, marketing and demand for books.

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Encourages and supports initiatives of Latin America and Caribbean nations and promotes cooperation and exchange between them. Activities based on the following main areas: (i) Cooperation with governments through technical assistance services. (ii) Copyright and literary property: provides consulting services designed to help update national laws on this subject and help adapt laws to existing international agreements. (iii) Human resources training, including audio-visual courses for librarians, booksellers, book illustrators and designers. (iv) Support for studies on: national profiles on book production; taxes and duties on books and the materials used to make them: cost structure of the printing industry; training needs; development of school and public libraries; university publishing organizations; government publications; reading habits and reader behaviour. (v) Support for public and school libraries, emphasizing staff training, in particular to work with governments to improve their public and school library programmes. (vi) Promotion and support for programmes to stimulate reading. (vii) Publications, including teaching materials. (viii) Regional Information Service on Books, Reading and Copyright, gathering statistical information on book production, translation, adaptation and marketing in Latin America and the Caribbean, and publishing geographical and topical directories, and an up-to-date record of current legislation on copyright and literary property and on government policies. Identifies and distributes information on courses and seminars, on research in progress and on public and school library programmes, systems and networks functioning in the region.


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Consultative Status

World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) (Observer Status).

Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 4 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 4 non-governmental organizations.
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Members in 21 countries
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Subjects *

  • Information
    • Books
    • Libraries
  • Communication
    • Promotion
  • Research, Standards
    • Patents, Copyright
  • Education
    • Educational Content

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 4: Quality EducationGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions



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11. Aug 2011
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