About the Library Services to People with Special Needs Section
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 can not 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.
We regret that some documents for the time being are only available in PDF and seek to remedy this by adding more accessible formats in the time to come.
The Library Services to People with Special Needs section is one of IFLAs oldest. It was established in 1931 as the Sub-committee on Hospital Libraries (patients' libraries). Over the years the sections' scope has widened and its name changed several times. In 2008 it got its current name, changed from Libraries Serving Disadvantaged Persons.
Last update: 23 March 2017