A strong and united global library field powering literate, informed and participatory societies

Our Vision defines the world that we are working to create in future. It provides a reference point across our activities, both for IFLA and for the library field as a whole, providing direction and inspiration for all that we do.

To inspire, engage, enable and connect the global library field

Our Mission sets out how IFLA works to achieve our Vision. Its words reflect everything that IFLA does in order to support its members and beyond, through providing tools and materials, a forum for discussion and learning, and advocating on your behalf, while also working to ensure the long-term sustainability of our Federation.

Our Vision, Mission, and wider Strategy are the fruit of IFLA’s Global Vision, which engaged tens of thousands of voices from more than 190 countries and all continents about the strengths and weaknesses of the library field.

Core Values

In pursuing our Vision and Mission, IFLA seeks to demonstrate 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 help guarantee that access;
  • the commitment to promote and value diversity and inclusion, notably as regards age, citizenship, disability, ethnicity, gender-identity, geographical location, language, political philosophy, race, religious beliefs, sex, sexual orientation or socioeconomic status, and actively pursue relevant policies and practices.