The modern global library field is vast and diverse. We are a community, connected across geography and political boundaries, united in a shared belief in the importance of access to information and knowledge for all. Crucially, the connections between us are a strength, making it possible to achieve our goals. We certainly face challenges and opportunities – some common no matter where we are in the world, some unique. But we stand together.
For nearly a century, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has been here to serve the global library field. To lift us all up. To provide a forum for collaborating and sharing resources to galvanize action for the greater good.
Today, with the support of Stichting IFLA Global Libraries (SIGL), IFLA is leveraging an extraordinary $30 million USD legacy grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to help strengthen the global library field. This work began with a vision for the future, co-de-signed by you – all of you – through an unprecedented inclusive and participatory process. Now, we are implementing it. We have accomplished much together in the last few years, and much work remains.