January 23, 2022

IFLA Announces World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) 2021 Will Be an Online Event

From an International Federation of Library Association (IFLA) Announcement by Gerald Leitner, IFLA Secretary General:

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused, and continues to cause, major disruption to societies and economies around the world.

Faced with this, libraries have shown extraordinary resilience and inventiveness in order to continue to serve users. IFLA is working to do the same, with enhanced online support to our Members and volunteers.

The pandemic also challenges us to think again about how we work, both individually and collectively, into the future.

This is particularly true in our planning for the World Library and Information Congress – the most international event in the library calendar. Faced with continued uncertainty about the health, economic and travel situation into 2021, it already seems clear that business-as-usual is not an option.

This is not, however, a reason to stop, but rather to accelerate our work to create a new model for our Congress, in line with the IFLA Strategy.


…we are happy to announce that our 2021 Congress will take place virtually, with the welcome support of the Dutch National Committee.

The physical conference previously planned in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, will move to 2023, and take place in a hybrid online/in-person format. We continue to plan for an in-person conference in Dublin, Ireland in 2022, with a strengthened online element.

Read the Complete Announcement (approx. 380 words)

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