About the IFLA Risk Register

Who is the Risk Register For?

The Risk Register is for institutions holding documentary heritage collections – big and small. These collections can be of value to a local community or on a national, regional, or international scale. If you are holding a collection that you feel might be facing risk from natural disaster, conflict, or lack of risk reduction planning, this can help you find solutions.

Although we assess authenticity of collections, the IFLA Risk Register is not a register of only those collections deemed to be of outstanding universal value. It also does not aim to be an exhaustive list of all documentary heritage. This register helps equip collection owners with tools to manage risk, while cataloguing and safeguarding critical information on their collections.

Why use the Risk Register?

Complex threats can be better faced with the support of a network.  Registering a collection can help ensure that it is known about in the face of disaster or conflict, and relevant actors can do what they can to intervene. If national infrastructures are weak – or indeed if the risk of harm to collections comes from governments themselves – using the register may be helpful. The Register is not mandatory, and not intended to replace existing initiatives.

Meanwhile, the Risk Register Toolkit connects documentary heritage collection owners to resources wherever they may be helps manage risks in advance.

What if my collection is already registered elsewhere?

Our register does not aim to be an exhaustive list of all documentary heritage collections. If your collection is adequately covered on a national register, you are not obliged to register it here as well. Perhaps instead, approach those collection holders in your network who are not eligible to be included on an alternative register to encourage them to join us here.

Ready to register? Find our online registration form here

Last update: 23 March 2021