About the Preservation and Conservation Strategic Programme

Established in 1984

The IFLA Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation (PAC) was officially created during the IFLA annual conference in Nairobi in 1984 to focus efforts on issues of preservation and initiate worldwide cooperation for the preservation of library materials. The PAC programme was effectively launched in Vienna during the 1986 Conference on the Preservation of Library Materials co-organized by the Conference of the Directors of National Libraries, IFLA and UNESCO.


PAC has one major goal : to ensure that library and archive materials, published and unpublished, in all formats, will be preserved in accessible form for as long as possible according to the following principles :

  • preservation is essential to the survival and development of culture and scholarship;
  • international cooperation is a key principle;
  • each country must accept responsibility for the preservation of its own publications.


  • Raising awareness among library professionals, the public and the authorities, of the urgent need to preserve our endangered documentary heritage.
  • Publishing and translating preservation literature in order to make it accessible to a larger professional audience around the world.
  • Disseminating information through printed and online publications.
  • Organizing training courses, workshops, seminars, etc.
  • Promoting research on best preservation practices.
  • Fund raising.


The extensive PAC network, focused around the IFLA PAC Centres, has a wide range of expertise concerning preservation and conservation as well as safeguarding cultural heriatge.

Each centre is independent and acts according to the priorities identified in its geographical and expertise area. It must comply with the objectives of PAC Strategic Programme and maintain cooperation with other Centres through various activities (publications, seminars, conferences, etc.).

The directors meet regularly for working sessions to define the orientations of the Strategic Programme.

Bibliographic references 


    Useful Addresses

    For further information or questions, please contact Claire McGuire at IFLA Headquarters. 

    PAC (Preservation and Conservation)

    Last update: 28 November 2019