Get involved

IFLA’s eLending Working Group keeps a watching brief on eLending issues across the international library community. At present, major developments are occurring in North America, Europe and parts of Asia and Australasia. Such developments are often reported in the English-language mainstream or specialist press and are relatively easy to monitor online. IFLA headquarters will periodically post updates on eLending and eBook developments around the world on a dedicated page.

However, when considering that the majority of the world’s population does not speak English, have access to broadband Internet or to an eReader, there will be a great deal of development in the coming years in libraries as growth in these areas continues and demand for access to digital eBook content grows.

IFLA is therefore keen to understand the eLending situation facing libraries everywhere, but particularly in non-English speaking countries. More information will help us focus our future advocacy activities and provide support to our members who are seeking to provide eLending services. We want to hear from libraries:

  • Experiencing difficulties accessing eBook content through publishers or resellers
  • Operating successful models providing access to digital content, in co-operation with, or with the blessing of, publishers large or small
  • Undertaking advocacy campaigns to educate policymakers and the public why it is important for library users to have access to all commercially available eBook content

If you have information you wish to share with the IFLA eLending working Group, please email the IFLA Policy and Research Officer Stephen Wyber.

Furthermore, you can attend events that IFLA is organising and contribute your voice to the debate. If you wish to organise an event in connection with the IFLA Principles for Library eLending, please contact the Policy and Research Officer.

Last update: 8 August 2016