About the Metropolitan Libraries Section

The Metropolitan Libraries Section aims to be a platform for public libraries of cities with 400,000 or more inhabitants, although libraries serving wide and diverse geographical areas with the same or more population may be included, and exceptions may be made e.g. for capital cities or major conurbations with a smaller population.

The Metropolitan Libraries Section, formerly the International Association of Metropolitan City Libraries (INTAMEL), dates its origins to 1966, the year Prague City Library organised an international conference to celebrate its 75th anniversary and invited city libraries from other countries to attend. The meeting proved to be a beneficial networking opportunity to share information and to promote the development and advancement of libraries. The foundation meeting of INTAMEL is reported in Toronto in 1967. In 1976 it became an IFLA Round Table of the Division of libraries serving the general public, and a Section in 2004.

Since 1968 INTAMEL has held an annual Conference hosted by a different library system from around the world.

Mailing List

INTLIB encourages communication between all Metropolitan Libraries Section members, and facilitates the sharing of information, experience and current issues. It is open to all.

Submissions: INTLIB@iflalists.org
Web interface: http://mail.iflalists.org/wws/info/intlib



1968 - 1971

George Chandler (Liverpool)

1971 - 1974

Henry C. Campbell (Toronto)

1974 - 1977

Keith Doms (Philadelphia)

1977 - 1980

Jürgen Eyssen (Hannover)

1980 - 1983

Pier van Swigchem (The Hague)

1983 - 1986

Sten Cedergren (Gothenburg)

1986 - 1989

Constance Cooke (Queens, New York City)

1989 - 1992

Melvyn Barnes (London)

1992 - 1995

Edwin S. Holmgren (New York)

1995 - 1998

Andrew Miller (Glasgow)

1998 - 2002

C. Daniel Wilson (St. Louis County)

2002 - 2005

Frans Meijer (Rotterdam)

2005 - 2009

Liv Saeteren (Oslo)

2009 - 2011

Christine Mackenzie (Yarra Plenty)

2011 - 2013

Claudia Lux (Berlin)

2013 - 2015

Ai Cheng Tay (Singapore)

2015 - 2019

Corrado Di Tillio (Rome)

2019 - 

Siobhan A. Reardon (Philadelphia)

Metropolitan Libraries

Last update: 19 January 2020