Culture is a basic need.  A community thrives through its cultural heritage, it dies without it.

Libraries of course have an essential role in safeguarding this heritage, but their work doesn’t need to stop there!

The work in cultural heritage can go beyond preservation, enabling communities actively to experience and celebrate culture through access, learning, and storytelling.

Keen to find out how to do more? If you would like to learn about how libraries are finding dynamic ways to connect their communities to cultural heritage, join us for our upcoming virtual event: Libraries Inspire Engagement in Cultural Heritage.

Panelists will share their experience and inspire participants to action! Topics discussed will include connecting both local communities and wider audiences with local culture, integrating community needs with conservation practice, Indigenous heritage perspectives, and inspiring (virtual) engagement with family, local, and national heritage.


  • Lara Haggerty, Keeper of Books at the Innerpeffray Library (Scotland)
  • Heidi Swierenga, Senior Conservator and Head of Collections Care and Access, Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia (Canada)
  • Camille Callison, Indigenous Strategies Librarian, University of Manitoba Libraries Canada / chair IFLA Indigenous Matters Section
  • Maria Soledad Abarca de la Fuente, IFLA Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Centre, National Library of Chile

When: Thursday, 22 April – 20:00-21:00 CEST

Where: virtual event

Who: All library and information professionals working in any type of library, archive, or memory institution – no previous professional work in cultural heritage is required!

Join us! Register now.

This event is being presented by the IFLA Cultural Heritage Programme Advisory Committee.