The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users.

It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

Founded in 1927, IFLA has over 1,500 members in approximately 150 countries around the world.

IFLA is an independent, international, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization.

Its aims are to:

  • Promote high standards of provision and delivery of library and information services
  • Encourage widespread understanding of the value of good library and information services
  • Represent the interests of its members throughout the world.

IFLA has two main categories of voting membership: Association Members and Institutional Members. Individual practitioners in the field of library and information science may join as Personal Affiliates.

The World Library and Information Congress – IFLA General Conference and Assembly – is held in August or early September in a different city each year. More than three thousand delegates meet to exchange their experience, debate professional issues, see the latest products of the information industry, conduct the business of IFLA and experience something of the culture of the host country.

Issues common to library and information services around the world are the concern of the IFLA Strategic Programmes.

For more information, please visit the IFLA website.