Cultural Heritage

IFLA's work on preserving cultural heritage

1992: Vedran Smailović plays his cello in the destroyed National Library, Sarajevo
Photo: Mikhail Evstafiev

Culture is a basic need.  A community thrives through its cultural heritage, it dies without it.

Cultural heritage consists of tangible and intangible, natural and cultural, movable and immovable assets inherited from the past. It is of extremely high value for the present and the future of communities. Access, preservation, and education around cultural heritage are essential for the evolution of people and their culture.

The preservation and safeguarding of cultural heritage has always been a priority for IFLA. Here's how we work: 

Safeguarding Cultural Heritage

Access the IFLA Risk Register, and find out more about how we work with Blue Shield and other partners to safeguard documentary cultural heritage. 

Supporting Preservation and Access 

See how IFLA works with UNESCO, supports implementation of the 2015 Recommendation, and shares tools to assist in preservation and access. 

Cultural Heritage Committees and Groups 

Learn about the Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Strategic Programme and the Professional Units working across IFLA to exchange, develop and disseminate cultural heritage knowledge and experience. 

Conservation, Cooperation, Cultural heritage, Preservation

Last update: 4 January 2021

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