Welcome to the platform for the IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto and the accompanying Toolkit.

What is the IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto and Toolkit?

The Manifesto was developed by the IFLA Section on Libraries Serving Multicultural Populations in 2006 and was endorsed by the IFLA Governing Board and UNESCO in 2009.

The primary goal of the Manifesto is to assist libraries throughout the world in developing and advocating for multicultural services. The Manifesto sets the stage for libraries to address their community’s unique cultural and linguistic needs through dedicated services and strategies.

Most recently, an accompanying toolkit has been developed to give practical approaches on how libraries can apply the concepts in the manifesto.

Who is the IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section?

The IFLA Library Services to Multicultural Populations Section is comprised of professional librarians from all parts of the globe working in multicultural library services.

The role of the Section is to bring together libraries and institutions interested in the development and availability of library services designed to meet the needs of cultural and linguistic minorities.

What you will find in this web portal

  • The IFLA/UNESCO Multicultural Library Manifesto, translated into many languages.
  • The Toolkit, which provides questions, templates and strategies to help libraries understand, apply, and promote multicultural services appropriate to their community.
  • A workshop outline and handbook to assist libraries in communicating the key elements of the Manifesto.