Expressions of Interest from potential host countries for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2021

The IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) takes place during August each year in a city selected through a competitive process. The congress normally attracts between 3000 - 4000 attendees from over 100 countries.

For example:

WLIC year and location Number of countries represented
2017 Wrocław 113
2016 Columbus 139
2015 Cape Town 132
2014 Lyon 132
2013 Singapore 122

The IFLA Governing Board invites expressions of interest from its member national associations, or other member representative bodies, to host the 2021 IFLA World Library and Information Congress: 87th IFLA General Conference and Assembly (WLIC). 

For more information, please refer to:

  • Call for Expressions of Interest for IFLA WLIC 2021 [PDF]
  • Appendix 1 - Venue Requirements [DOC]

A National Committee of the local library and information services sector is the host organisation working with IFLA to hold the Congress. The Congress and host city is promoted internationally and online, significantly raising awareness around the world of the local profession, city and region.

The Congress is organised over a three year period. An extensive selection process is undertaken throughout the first year. During the second year preparation commences and intensifies in the year preceding the Congress.

If you are in need of clarification regarding the EOI process, please contact

Deadline for Expressions of Interest: 30 June 2018

Last update: 11 June 2018