May 25, 2022

New Reference/Data Resource: IFLA Releases “Library Map of the World”

From the International Federation of Library Associations:

The IFLA Library Map of the World, officially launched [yesterday] at WLIC 2017 in Wrocław, addresses the critical need of the library field to accurately collect and share basic information about the library landscape in countries around the world.

This year, IFLA has been liaising with national library associations, national libraries and other institutions across the world. They have collated existing library statistics in their countries and provided data on selected library performance metrics.


The first version of the Library Map of the World publishes library data from 75 countries across all regions of the world. Data collection will continue until the end of October this year when results will be analysed.

The data visualisation platform will provide you with country-level data and library performance metrics per region…

The Library Map of the World will be an annual activity, managed and maintained by IFLA to ensure a permanent home for the world’s library data.

Direct to IFLA Library Map of the World

Direct to Complete IFLA News Release

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