IFLA’s Library Buildings and Equipment Section and the Environment, Sustainability and Libraries Special Interest Group invite you to submit a proposal for its Open Session at the 86th IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2020 in Dublin, Ireland, 15-21 August. The theme for the session is:

Something old – something new. Transforming an existing building into a new library


Many new libraries are being built to serve the growing needs of users. A new library, however does not necessarily mean that it must be a new building. This programme will focus on libraries created from existing building and on requirements and opportunities for revitalization of an old, derelict or abandoned building into a new library. We are looking for experiences with the transformation of a building with a different purpose into a library. The Programme will focus on the challenges and opportunities of this kind of transformation and the compromises which must be made for these transformations. The re-use of a building can also be an opportunity for sustainability. We are looking for best practice examples and lessons learned from all types of libraries in historic urban environment or in rural areas. Sustainability and the libraries impact on the environment is a key focus.

Proposal abstracts must be submitted by: 21 February 2020

 Selected presenters will be notified by: 9 March 2020

Authors to submit Authors’ Permission Form: 31 May 2020

Written papers due:  1 June 2020 

Presentation slides due:  7 August 2020

Read the full call for papers. We look forward to hearing from you and hope that you will join us in Dublin!