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A huge thank you to everyone who made our Satellite in Birmingham such a success. How could it be anything else with such a wonderful range of speakers in a fabulous setting.

Our theme of public libraries in the digital world led to some interesting papers and a lot of discussion. Each of the 150 plus delegates came away with a very real awareness that we need to act now if public libraries are to remain relevant.

Our hosts the Library of Birmingham made us all so welcome in their outstanding new building. We’d also like to acknowledge our partners, CILIP and the Society of Chief Librarians for their assistance.


Thanks too for our colleagues from the CILIP Public and Mobile Libraries group who, among other things, arranged for us to be able to see some mobile libraries.

The papers from the conference will be available on the PLS website next week (when we all get back from IFLA in Lyon.



Public Library Satellite Program Released!


In a rapidly changing environment please join us explore and examine the opportunities surrounding public libraries.

Hosted by the new and highly anticipated Library of Birmingham, the IFLA Public Libraries Satellite  will provide the opportunity to meet with colleagues from around the world, and explore the synergy between physical and virtual spaces.  You are invited to hear about how colleagues have successfully broken these barriers and positioned new library spaces as drivers for regeneration and community capacity building.

Speakers have been handpicked from leading practitioners around the globe, and the Public Libraries Section of IFLA look forward to meeting you in Birmingham this August (12-13).

Early bird registration now open! Places for this conference are limited therefore we advise you to book early to guarantee your place BOOK NOW.