Public Libraries Section

Division: Library Types

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.

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, Sections

Last update: 10 June 2021

Latest News

Public Library of the Year Award 2021 application period extended to 15 May!

The “IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year” award celebrates new public libraries. And this year we celebrate both libraries build in 2019 and 2020.

23 April 2021

Webinar videos now available - Reflecting Back & Thinking Forward

'Your webinars uplifted me' is how one participant described the 'Reflecting back & Looking Forward' mid-term program delivered by IFLA's Literacy and Reading and Public Libraries professional units.

17 April 2021

Reflecting Back & Looking Forward

Join us to hear about some inspiring stories of how public libraries adapted to service delivery during COVID-19; innovative approaches to literacy and reading during this time; listen to international library leaders contemplate the future; plus meet some of the worlds amazing Children's Laureates and Ambassadors. AND we have a specially curated session in Portuguese. The Literacy and Reading + Public Libraries mid-term is the place to be!

31 March 2021