LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group

Sponsored by: Acquisition and Collection Development Section

The goal of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning (LGBTQ+) special interest group is to adress the information needs of LGBTQ+ community members related to library services, programs or collections.

To raise awareness of specific issues in professional knowledge about LGBTQ+ lives, we provide  opportunities to engage in discussions about this often invisible user group in libraries, and offer tools to librarians and library staff who are considering the legal environment of where they live.

We also highlight the supporting role of libraries in building one’s identity and capacity. By creating  access to collections, safe spaces and services, we support  LGBTQ+ community members   as they question, construct and affirm who they are and who they wish to be

For  non-LGBTQ+ people, this SIG is a means to encourage meetings and conversations, by encouraging  the expression of individuals, so everyone can develop their own opinion, citizens can act and re-enter the public debate, and libraries can play a positive political role, which is more than necessary in our societies today.

To  join the LGBTQ SIG  or for questions, comments or suggestions, , you can contact us by email at or reach on via the following community links :

IFLA LGBTQ Users Blog   IFLA LGBTQ Users SIG on Twitter   IFLA LGBTQ Users SIG on Facebook

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Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer/Questioning Users (LGBTQ), Special Interest Groups, Access to information, Access to knowledge, Advocacy, Capacity building, Censorship, Classification and indexing, Collection development, Communities of practice, Data management, Digital inclusion, Education and training, Freedom of expression, Guidelines, Human rights, Indexing, LGBTQ library services, Library as place, Library collections, Library marketing, Library outreach, Library services, Library theory and research, Lifelong learning, Marginalised populations, Minority groups, Multicultural populations, New professionals, Privacy in libraries, Professional development, Reading, Social inclusion, Staffing, Subject analysis, Women’s issues, Young adults

Last update: 17 August 2020

Latest News

LGBTQ Users Call for Papers for IFLA WLIC 2020!

IFLA’s LGBTQ Users Special Interest Group invite you to submit a proposal for its Joint Session at the 86th IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2020 in Dublin, Ireland, 15-21 August.

5 March 2020

Survey of LGBTIQ+[1] Library Resources and Services

Do You Have Pride in Your Library?

7 July 2019

CFP for IFLA LGBTQ WLIC 2019--Deadline Extended!

2019 IFLA WLIC logo of Parthenon The WLIC 2019 Call for Papers in English and French has been extended to MARCH 11th.

2 March 2019