Welcome to Dublin

Dublin is a vibrant, English-speaking capital city, in a safe and stable liberal democracy, a member of the European Union with an open society. The city is a UNESCO City of Literature, the home of Oscar Wilde, James Joyce and four Nobel Laureates for Literature. It is also home to the iconic Old Library of Trinity College, other outstanding libraries and cultural institutions that are all centrally located.

The Convention Centre Dublin is the location for the WLIC. It provides a world-class conference venue in the heart of the city with large auditoria, naturally-lit meeting rooms and spacious foyer areas offering stunning views and ample opportunities for networking.

Dublin boasts world class hotels providing top quality accommodation. There are currently more than 150 hotels and over 20,000 beds, all approved by the National Tourism Authority. The hotels range from a luxury 5 star experience to lower cost budget accommodation, including new purpose-built student residences. Many additional rooms are expected to be available by 2020.

There are excellent transport connections between Dublin and elsewhere. The airport has an ever-expanding network of flights to Europe, Middle East, Asia and North America. Significantly, travellers to the USA from Ireland benefit from customs and immigration pre-clearance before they fly. Travel within the island as a whole is facilitated by a comprehensive road and rail network.

Dublin itself is well-served by public transport, easy to get around and easily walkable.

Greetings from the National Committee Ireland

Dear Delegates,

The Irish National Committee is delighted to invite you all to the IFLA 86th World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) taking place from 15 to 21 August 2020 in Dublin, Ireland.

The WLIC in Dublin enjoys local and national Government support, engagement from librarians across all sectors, plus great commitment and enthusiasm throughout the country. The event will facilitate the exchange of experience and best practice between local, regional and international members of the profession, thereby providing useful insights and global comparisons to advance library innovation at home. Furthermore, contacts made at WLIC will last a lifetime and greatly enhance personal professional development.

Dublin has a large number and wide variety of libraries to visit and, being a relatively small island, libraries outside Dublin are easily accessible as well. We will be organising a range of guided tours – covering public, academic and special libraries, large and small, new and old.

In addition, Ireland is an attractive destination for cultural tours and leisure activities more generally, for accompanying persons and for delegates wishing to extend their stay, either before or after the conference. This is the first time the WLIC has been held in Ireland. There is huge excitement locally and it promises to be a week-long celebration of libraries and librarians. Most importantly, all delegates are assured of our warm Irish hospitality, Céad Míle Fáilte – a Hundred Thousand Welcomes!

Philip Cohen

Chair of the Irish National Committee and
Immediate Past President of the Library Association of Ireland

Marian Higgins

Co-Chair of the Irish National Committee and
President of the Library Association of Ireland

Cathal McCauley

Co-Chair of the Irish National Committee
and Vice President of the Library Association of Ireland

Key Dates

Congress Dates
15 — 21 August 2020

Start of Online Registration
1 October 2019

Start of Accommodation Booking
1 January 2020

Early Registration Fees Deadline
15 May 2020

Standard Registration Fees Deadline
11 August 2020

Onsite Registration
from 12 August 2020


Please register here for the IFLA WLIC 2020 in Dublin.

For more information regarding Registration Fees, Payment Methods and our Terms and Conditions, please click here .

Exhibition & Sponsorship

An IFLA World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) offers great opportunities to both commercial and non-commercial organisations, allowing them to showcase their products and services. IFLA WLIC 2020 will be a continuation of a series of successful annual meetings and is expected to attract more than 4,000 attendees.

Information about IFLA WLIC 2020 is included in the Sponsorship Prospectus, feel free to download the prospectus here.

Apply through ESOS®

Exhibition space and Sponsorship items can be booked via the Exhibition and Sponsorship Ordering System (ESOS®)

Book your sponsorship items and exhibition space HERE.

Contact Us

Phone number

+49 30 24 60 3-380


Congress Secretariat WLIC 2020
c/o K.I.T. Group GmbH – Association & Conference Management
Kurfürstendamm 71, 10709 Berlin, Germany


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Congress Secretariat WLIC 2020
c/o K.I.T. Group GbmH – Association & Conference Management
Kurfürstendamm 71, 10709 Berlin, Germany

Phone: +49 30 24603-380
Fax: +49 30 24603-200
Email: wlic2020@kit-group.org