Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section

Division: Library Services

The Section's major purpose is to support the provision of the library service and reading promotion to children and young adults throughout the world. Its main objectives are to promote international cooperation in the fields of library services to children and young adults, and to encourage the exchange of experience, education and training and research in all aspects of this subject. The Section's concerns include the provision of library services to all children and young adults in different cultures and traditions in cooperation with appropriate organizations and to adults interacting with children and young adults. The Section works in cooperation with other IFLA Sections and a number of international reading and library associations, including the International Reading Association (IRA) and the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY).

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Libraries for Children and Young Adults, Sections

Last update: 20 August 2016

Latest News

Call for online articles: library spaces for children and young adults

Children and young adults department is often the colorful cozy haven in the library. Libraries designed for children and YA awake imagination and welcome all visitors. The goal is to provide inviting, inspiring and safe library premises, whether it's efficient room for studying, creative surroundings for story telling or just enough flexible space to hang out with friends. IFLA Section Libraries for Children and Young Adults is looking for articles about innovative use of library spaces: safe and inspiring atmosphere, (re)designing the department, reconstruction, building... What can be done with very little money? DIY, cooperating with users? How to start planning a brand new library or department? How to involve patrons to planning? We are looking for examples that can be easily benchmarked or just wonderful places to see and admire. Submit your proposal (few lines about the content, key words and your contact info) to editorial board latest on October 24th to ulla.potsonen[at] The reply regarding acceptance will be sent on November 1st and the final deadline of articles will be November 20th

10 October 2016

Best Practices

Section launches a new project: collecting and displaying Best Practices for library services for children and young adults.

16 August 2016

How libraries use digital devices to promote reading? - Online articles published

Section's most recent article collection is online.

10 June 2016