Call for Papers

Library Buildings and Equipment Section

Sustainability issues in the design of libraries: the importance of creating environmentally responsible library facilities and spaces in the 21st century


Today we are facing the global challenge of growing energy consumption and depletion of resources.  Therefore, it is increasingly important to integrate sustainable thinking into the planning of new or refurbished library buildings.  Examples are buildings which incorporate features such as rainwater harvesting, use of natural lighting, heating and ventilation, use of recyclable and environmentally-friendly materials.

The Library Buildings & Equipment Standing Committee is looking for papers which discuss innovative ways of reducing the ecological footprint of library buildings in a cost-effective and efficient way.  We are particularly interested in the way architects and clients respond to the specific demands of their region.  Possible topics to be addressed might include how library buildings can cope with extremes of temperature, challenging weather conditions and future climate change but all ideas are welcome.  We would like the programme to have a balance between theoretical approaches and best practice case studies of sustainability in library design.

The theme of WLIC 2011, libraries beyond libraries: integration, innovation and information for all, should provide the context of the presentation. 

The following should be provided:

  • name and institution of presenter(s)
  • an abstract of the paper describing theproject, campaign or research carried out (1 page, up to 350 words) preferably in English
  • relevant biographical information of author(s) / presenter(s)

Send your proposals via e-mail by 7 January 2011 to the chair of the LBE section, Karen Latimer (

The abstracts will be reviewed and selected by a Review Committee.  The paper can be given at the congress in any of IFLA’s official languages. Successful proposals will be identified and announced by January 31, 2011.

If a paper is selected authors must commit to presenting it in Puerto Rico

All presenters and their papers will be listed in the final IFLA Programme. Therefore presenters must forward the full text of their papers by April 15, 2011 to allow time for review and for preparation of translations. The time allowed for the presentation will be 20 minutes.  Papers should be no longer than 20 pages.


All proposals must be in before 7 January 2011.

Please note

All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodation etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors.

Congress Attendance Grants

The Puerto Rico National Committee and IFLA have worked hard to secure funds for Conference Participation Grants. Please check our Conference Participation Grants webpage for the most up-to-date information.

Last update: 15 January 2011