Library and information services are crucial to achieving access to information and freedom of expression and in fostering literacy and learning. We monitor global developments relevant to information professionals and advance the interests of our members by working with a number of international organisations.

International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)

IFLA is the global voice of the library and information profession, representing the interests of library and information services and their users.

CILIP is a founder member and continues to be actively involved. We represent the views and aspirations of UK library and information professionals at all levels, including on the Governing Board, Professional Committee, Committee on Copyright and other Legal Matters and Free Access to Information and Freedom of Expression.

We also provide opportunities for CILIP members to enrich their professional lives by:

  • Encouraging CILIP members to become elected to IFLA Sections (Special Interest Groups).
  • Facilitating their involvement with IFLA Sections.



IFLA is asking all in the library field worldwide to "explore how a connected library field can meet the challenges of the future". Conclusions from these international conversations will provide a basis for the IFLA Global Vision report which will be published in early 2018.

If you would like to contribute your views on why you think your work is important and how you see your work in the future you can contribute to the dicussion taking place #IFLAglobalvision or complete the short questionnaire at the bottom of this page and email to 

World Library and Information Congress

Held annually, the IFLA World Library and Information Congress is the flagship global professional and trade event for the sector.

It brings together over 3,500 participants from more than 120 countries, setting the international agenda and offering opportunities for networking and professional development.

In previous years CILIP has provided the opportunity for a CILIP member to attend the IFLA conference. You can read the reports of the 2015 & 2016 recipients of the IFLA First Timer award below.

IFLA Elections 2017

Every two years IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions) holds elections for positions at every level of its governance structure. It has recently issued calls for nominations for members of IFLA Sections Standing Committees

Find out more about IFLA

The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations (EBLIDA)

CILIP is an active member of EBLIDA, working together on Europe-wide matters including elending and copyright. Guy Daines, CILIP's Head of Policy is on EBLIDA’s Executive Committee and is a member of EBLIDA’s Ebook Task Force.

Find out more about EBLIDA

EBLIDA ebook campaign

EBLIDA is drawing attention to the issues concerning ebook lending in libraries throughout Europe. Their task force is monitoring current developments, following-up on the campaign, keeping in contact with experts and communicating key information to members.

EBLIDA's ebook key principles

Travelling Librarian Award

The Travelling Librarian Award, organised by The English Speaking Union and CILIP, builds relationships between library and information professionals in the UK and their counterparts in the US and Commonwealth by offering a professional development study tour.

Cross-European survey on public perceptions of public libraries

What impact do public libraries have on the lives of people across the European Union? Public library perceptions surveys were conducted in 17 European Union countries covering general public library use and use of public access computers in libraries.

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International Library and Information Group (ILIG)

The International Library and Information Group's special interest is the international aspect of librarianship and information provision.