Public Libraries – Global Agents for Development

Worldwide, there are over 320,000 public libraries, with over 230,000 of these in developing countries. Want to know where they are?

Check the map below:


Increasingly, libraries in developing countries worldwide are helping governments achieve their development goals. Take a look at the guide that IFLA, as a partner in the Beyond Access initiative, helped produce on how Public Libraries Contribute Towards Reaching the Millennium Development Goals. Or read about the Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) Public Library Innovation Programme (PLIP) which awards small grants to public libraries providing innovative services in developing countries.

And it’s not just public libraries. You can also find in depth information on school and university libraries in over 100 countries through the IFLA World Report.

Last update: 14 November 2016