Greetings from the National Committee Ireland

Dear Delegates,

The Irish National Committee is delighted to invite you all to the 86th IFLA 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