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: 27 June 2019

Latest News

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

Call for IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year 2021 is open!

IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year 2021 The “IFLA/Systematic Public Library of the Year” award celebrates new public libraries. Applications being accepted from 15 February 2021.

15 February 2021

Public Library of the Year Award 2020 cancelled - but some good news too!

Criteria extended - public libraries built in 2019 can apply for the award in 2021

20 April 2020