Past IFLA Conferences and IFLA Presidents

(Sorting order is by conference session number)

Isak G.A. Collijn, president 1927-1931 Isak G.A. Collijn

  1. 1928 — Rome
  2. 1929 — Rome, Florence, and Venice
  3. 1930 — Stockholm
  4. 1931 — Cheltenham

    William Warner Bishop, president 1931-1936 William Warner Bishop

  5. 1932 — Berne
  6. 1933 — Chicago and Avignon
  7. 1934 — Madrid
  8. 1935 — Madrid and Barcelona

    Marcel Godet, president 1936-1947 Marcel Godet

  9. 1936 — Warsaw
  10. 1937 — Paris
  11. 1938 — Brussels
  12. 1939 — The Hague and Amsterdam

    Wilhelm Munthe, president 1947-1951 Wilhelm Munthe

  13. 1947 — Oslo
  14. 1948 — London
  15. 1949 — Basel
  16. 1950 — London
  17. 1951 — Rome

    Pierre Bourgeois, president 1951-1958 Pierre Bourgeois

  18. 1952 — Copenhagen
  19. 1953 — Vienna
  20. 1954 — Zagreb
  21. 1955 — Brussels
  22. 1956 — Munich
  23. 1957 — Paris
  24. 1958 — Madrid

    Gustav Hofmann, president 1958-1963 Gustav Hofmann

  25. 1959 — Warsaw
  26. 1960 — Lund and Malmö
  27. 1961 — Edinburgh
  28. 1962 — Berne
  29. 1963 — Sofia

    Sir Frank Francis, president 1963-1969 Sir Frank Francis

  30. 1964 — Rome
  31. 1965 — Helsinki
  32. 1966 — The Hague — "Libraries and Documentation"
  33. 1967 — Toronto — "Library Service for a Nation Covering a Large Geographical Area"
  34. 1968 — Frankfurt am Main — "Books and Libraries in an Industrial Society"
  35. 1969 — Copenhagen — "Library Education and Research in Librarianship"

    Herman Liebaers, president 1969-1974 Herman Liebaers

  36. 1970 — Moscow — "Lenin and Libraries"
  37. 1971 — Liverpool — "The Organization of the Library Profession"
  38. 1972 — Budapest — "Reading in a Changing World"
  39. 1973 — Grenoble — "Universal Bibliographic Control"
  40. 1974 — Washington — "National and International Library Planning"

    Preben Kirkegaard, president 1974-1979 Preben Kirkegaard

  41. 1975 — Oslo — "The Future of International Library Cooperation"
  42. 1976 — Lausanne — "IFLA"
  43. 1977 — Brussels — "Libraries for All: One World of Information, Culture and Learning"
  44. 1978 — Strbské Pleso — "Universal Availability of Publications"
  45. 1979 — Copenhagen — "Library Legislation"

    Else Granheim, president 1979-1985 Else Granheim

  46. 1980 — Manila — "Development of Libraries and Information Systems"
  47. 1981 — Leipzig — "The Role of National Centres in National Library Development and in International Library Cooperation"
  48. 1982 — Montreal — "Networks"
  49. 1983 — Munich — "Libraries in a Technical World"
  50. 1984 — Nairobi — "Basis of Information Services for National Development"
  51. 1985 — Chicago — "Libraries and the Universal Availability of Information"

    Hans-Peter Geh, president 1985-1991 Hans-Peter Geh

  52. 1986 — Tokyo — "New Horizons of Librarianship towards the 21st Century"
  53. 1987 — Brighton — "Libraries and Information Services in a Changing World"
  54. 1988 — Sydney — "Living together: People, Libraries, Information"
  55. 1989 — Paris — "Les Bibliothèques et l’information dans l’économie hier, aujourd’hui et demain"
  56. 1990 — Stockholm — "Libraries: Information for Knowledge"
  57. 1991 — Moscow — "Libraries and Culture: Their Relationship"

    Robert Wedgeworth, president 1991-1997 Robert Wedgeworth

  58. 1992 — New Delhi — "Library and Information Policy Perspectives"
  59. 1993 — Barcelona — "The Universal Library: Libraries as Centres for the Global Availability of Information"
  60. 1994 — Havana — "Libraries and Social Development"
  61. 1995 — Istanbul — "Libraries of the Future"
  62. 1996 — Beijing — "The Challenge of Change"
  63. 1997 — Copenhagen — "Libraries and Information for Human Development"

    Christine Deschamps, president 1997-2003 Christine Deschamps

  64. 1998 — Amsterdam — "On Crossroads of Information and Culture"
  65. 1999 — Bangkok — "On the Threshold of a New Century: Libraries as Gateways to an Enlightened World"
  66. 2000 — Jerusalem — "Information for Cooperation: Creating the Global Library of the Future"
  67. 2001 — Boston — "Libraries and Librarians: Making a Difference in the Knowledge Age"
  68. 2002 — Glasgow — "Libraries for Life: Democracy, Diversity, Delivery"
  69. 2003 — Berlin — "Access Point Library: Media - Information - Culture"

    Kay Raseroka, president 2003-2005 Kay Raseroka

  70. 2004 — Buenos Aires — "Libraries: Tools for Education and Development"
  71. 2005 — Oslo — "Libraries - A voyage of discovery"

    Alex Byrne, president 2005-2007 Alex Byrne

  72. 2006 — Seoul — "Libraries: Dynamic Engines for the Knowledge and Information Society"
  73. 2007 — Durban — "Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships"

    Claudia Lux, president 2007-2009 Claudia Lux

  74. 2008 — Quebec City — "Libraries without borders: Navigating towards global understanding"
  75. 2009 — Milan — "Libraries create futures: Building on cultural heritage"

    Ellen Tise, president 2009-2011 Ellen Tise

  76. 2010 — Gothenburg — "Open access to knowledge - promoting sustainable progress"
  77. 2011 — San Juan — "Libraries beyond libraries: Integration, Innovation and Information for all"

    Ingrid Parent, president 2011-2013 Ingrid Parent

  78. 2012 — Helsinki — "Libraries Now! - Inspiring, Surprising, Empowering"
  79. 2013 — Singapore — "Future Libraries: Infinite Possibilities"

Last update: 5 September 2013