The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.
Founded in 1927 in Edinburgh, Scotland at an international conference, they celebrated their 90th birthday in 2017. They now have more than 1,400 Members in over 140 countries around the world. IFLA was registered in the Netherlands in 1971. The Royal Library, the national library of the Netherlands
, in The Hague, generously provides the facilities for their headquarters.
IFLA is an independent, international, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization. Their aims are to:
Promote high standards of provision and delivery of library and information services
Encourage widespread understanding of the value of good library & information services
Represent the interests of their members throughout the world
In pursuing these aims IFLA embraces the following core values:
the endorsement of the principles of freedom of access to information, ideas and works of imagination and freedom of expression embodied in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
the belief that people, communities and organizations need universal and equitable access to information, ideas and works of imagination for their social, educational, cultural, democratic and economic well-being
the conviction that delivery of high quality library and information services helps guarantee that access
the commitment to enable all Members of the Federation to engage in, and benefit from, its activities without regard to citizenship, disability, ethnic origin, gender, geographical location, language, political philosophy, race or religion