IFLA Standards

In support of quality library and information services worldwide

Over the last fifty years, IFLA has produced a wide range of standards in all fields of library and information services. Standards' activities are now an integral part of IFLA’s Strategic direction and one of IFLA’s current goals is to focus on ‘developing, maintaining and adhering to the highest standards that support high quality practices’.

IFLA standards are internationally reviewed, published and regularly updated documents. Each IFLA standard reflects current consensus on rules, principles, guidelines, best practice or models for a particular activity or service. IFLA standards in their diversity of styles and subject matter provide optimum benefit for the international library community. Standards are established by IFLA professional units who work in collaboration and by consensus.

Policy, Standards, guidelines

Last update: 9 July 2015

Latest News

New IFLA Standard: Statement of International Cataloguing Principles (ICP) 2016

IFLA is pleased to announce the publication of the Statement of International Cataloguing Principles (ICP) 2016.

2 March 2017 | ICP, standard, Cataloguing

*REMINDER* Call for nominations to the IFLA Committee on Standards: deadline 01 March 2017

The term served by new members will be from August 2017 to August 2019.

1 November 2016 | IFLA standards, Committee on Standards, CoS

New IFLA Standard now available

IFLA Guidelines for Continuing Professional Development: Principles and Best Practices are now available

16 August 2016 | IFLA standards, best practices, guidelines, Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning