IFLA Standards

In support of quality library and information services worldwide

Over the last fifty years, IFLA has produced a wide range of standards in all fields of library and information services. Standards' activities are now an integral part of IFLA’s Strategic direction and one of IFLA’s current goals is to focus on ‘developing, maintaining and adhering to the highest standards that support high quality practices’.

IFLA standards are internationally reviewed, published and regularly updated documents. Each IFLA standard reflects current consensus on rules, principles, guidelines, best practice or models for a particular activity or service. IFLA standards in their diversity of styles and subject matter provide optimum benefit for the international library community. Standards are established by IFLA professional units who work in collaboration and by consensus.

Policy, Standards, guidelines

Last update: 9 July 2015

Latest News

*REMINDER* Call for nominations to the IFLA Committee on Standards: deadline 01 March 2017

The term served by new members will be from August 2017 to August 2019.

1 November 2016 | IFLA standards, Committee on Standards, CoS

IFLA Committee on Standards: WLIC 2016 Call for papers

Theme : IFLA Standards Making a Difference?

4 February 2016 | Committee on Standards, IFLA standards

New standard: IFLA School Library Guidelines, 2nd edition

In June 2015, the Professional Committee endorsed a new IFLA standard: IFLA School Library Guidelines, 2nd edition.

10 August 2015 | standard, guidelines