About the Public Libraries Section


This Section provides an active international forum for the development and promotion of public libraries which serve the whole community in the context of the information society and ensure free and equal access to information at the local level. It also includes mobile libraries.

On 29 November 2018 we marked 24 years since the IFLA/ UNESCO Public Library Manifesto was ratified in 1994. As we celebrate the 25th anniversary in 2019, public libraries and public librarians everywhere are being asked to reflect on how the Manifesto relates to their library and to share this on social media.

Public Libraries Section - 2015 & 2016 winners of the IFLA Professional Unit Communication Award, Runner-Up 2018 IFLA Dynamic Unit and Impact Award.

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Public Libraries

Last update: 27 June 2019