Library Services to People with Special Needs Section

Division: Library Services

The Section for Library Services to People with Special Needs provides an international forum for the discussion of ideas, sharing of experiences and development of tools designed to promote and improve the effectiveness of library and information services to special needs groups, and the promotion of national and international cooperation at all levels.

The section focuses on those persons who because of their living conditions and/or physical, mental or cognitive disabilities are unable to access current library services. These groups can include, but are not necessarily limited to, people in hospitals and prisons, homeless people, persons in nursing homes and other care facilities, the deaf and people with dyslexia and dementia.

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Last update: 6 October 2015

Latest News

WLIC 2016: Guidelines for Library Service to People Experiencing Homelessness: Overview and Examples

The LSN session this year focuses on library services to persons experiencing homelessness from different perspectives, including the users perspective. It is also part of the work on developing guidelines for these services.

12 August 2016

Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia: Best practice and Knowledge base updated

The Best practice (Annex A) and Knowledge base (Annex B) of the IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Persons with Dyslexia are now updated.

7 August 2016

Call for examples: Library services to people who are experiencing homelessness

We need your help! We are writing guidelines for providing library services to people who are experiencing homelessness. An important step in this process is collecting examples of library services to people who are experiencing homelessness worldwide. Can you send us examples?

6 November 2015