The Working Group on Prison Libraries was established in 2019, mainly to update the IFLA Guidelines for Library Services to Prisoners. The fourth edition was published in February 2023. The Guidelines are also available in Spanish, Arabic, Chinese, and German. Further translations are welcome.

Further projects, timelines and (virtual) meetings are listed in the Action Plan of the Working Group.

An Email Listserv is established to facilitate communication between the Working Group, prison librarians and interested stakeholders from all over the world.

A bibliography with research documents and an overview of practical and useful working tools is constantly updated.


Lisa Krolak
UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning


Samira Zahra
Head of Information Services and Library Advisory at the Goethe-Institut

Gerhard Peschers
JVA (Prison) Münster