January 21, 2022

IFLA Issues Statement on the Destruction of 140,000 Library Books in Turkey

From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA)/FAIFE (Committee on Freedom of Access to Information and Freedom of Expression):

2017-12-09_11-34-31IFLA is deeply concerned by the announcement of the destruction of 140 000 books held by public-controlled libraries in Turkey.


Such broad and indiscriminate withdrawals of books from libraries risks challenging  the principle that the right of freedom of access to information should be guaranteed in all but the most extreme circumstances. While such freedoms may not be absolute, any restrictions should be applied in a targeted and proportionate manner. This does not seem to be the case in Turkey.

IFLA also regrets the exclusion and destitution of librarians working at those establishments of higher education which have been closed.

Read the Complete Statement

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.