Public Libraries Section

Division: Library Types

This Section provides an active international forum for the development and promotion of public libraries which serve the whole community in the context of the information society and ensure free and equal access to information at the local level. It also includes mobile libraries.

Public Libraries Section - 2015 & 2016 winners of the IFLA Professional Unit Communication Award,
Runner-Up 2018 IFLA Dynamic Unit and Impact Award 

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Last update: 26 November 2018

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Help us demonstrate how the Public Library Manifesto makes a difference

IFLA/UNESCO Public Library Manifesto On 29 November 2018 we will mark 24 years since the IFLA/UNESCO Public Library Manifesto was ratified in 1994. As we move towards celebrating the 25th anniversary in 2019, public libraries and public librarians everywhere are being asked to reflect on how the Manifesto relates to their library and to share this on social media. In particular we would like to have a concentrated social media campaign on Thursday 29 November 2018 which marks the beginning of the lead up to the 25th Anniversary.

26 November 2018

Make a coffee, sit back and read the PLS Minutes from Kuala Lumpur!

The Public Libraries Standing Committee came together for two stimulating meetings in Kuala Lumpur where we discussed our current initiatives and explored the major issues currently facing the public library sector. The Minutes of our meetings including the links to the presentations are now available.

17 September 2018

Dutch library named the world’s best new public library in 2018

Winners and nominees Congratulations to School 7 (KopGroep Libraries) in the Dutch city of Den Helder, winner of 2018 IFLA/Sytematic Public Library of the Year Award

5 September 2018