In Athens the 85th World Library and Information Congress – August 2019

August 24 – 30, 2019

Athens Concert Hall

National Library of Greece

The City of Athens has been chosen to host the 85th World Library and Information Conference (WLIC) of the International Federation of Libraries Associations and Institutions (IFLA), which will take place from 24 to 30 August 2019 at the Athens Concert Hall.

The top event, that follows the nomination of the city of Athens as the UNESCO World Book Capital in 2018., has for its theme  “Libraries: a dialogue for change” and is a call to the international community of Libraries and Information to discuss, to rethink and re-interpret the role of libraries and information as supporters of progress and change.

The Congress is the flagship event in the field of libraries and information and is expected to be also the top conference event for Greece in 2019. Every year it attracts more than 3.500 delegates from over 120 countries. It is of crucial importance to all issues relating to libraries and information services sector as it sets the international agenda for the profession and offers opportunities for networking and professional development to all delegates. 

During 24 to 30 August 2019 thousands of participants from all regions in the world are expected to come together in Athens. More than 260 individual sessions covering the broad spectrum of Library and Information Science and its many related fields (copyright, access to information, safeguarding of cultural heritage, development, etc.) will be held in Megaron Athens International Conference Centre (MAICC). In addition, dozens of satellite meetings and offsite sessions will take place in various locations throughout Athens and Greece. While there will be direct broadcastings from the international media.

The Congress also offers an international trade exhibition with over 80 exhibitors and an exhibition area of approximately 1000 m2. The combined buying power of all delegates carries a sizable impact on the local economy of the host and can be estimated at more than 1.2 billion dollars.

Learn more about the 85th World Library and Information Congress on the site: 2019.ifla.org