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German Library Association

65 Years of Empowering Libraries

The nationwide provision of library services to the entire population, digitization and digital media services, questions regarding copyright issues in the digital society, as well as the promotion of key skills such as reading and the systematic use of information and media: these are the German Library Association’s core areas of activity.

For 65 years the association has represented the interests of libraries and their users in Germany. Through its intensive contacts to all political levels it strengthens their role in society.The association has more than 2,100 members nationwide including more than 3,000 libraries and their branches. Its sophisticated member network supports the continual development of libraries. The 16 regional chapters represent the interests of libraries on a regional level. Many regional chapters also offer comprehensive education and training programmes.

To learn more about activities, projects, awards and publications of the German Library Association please read our flyer:

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Report on the State of Libraries in Germany

For a brief assessment of the situation of libraries in Germany today as well as an overview of the German Library Association's related positions and demands, have a look at the latest edition of our "Report on the State of Libraries in Germany".

In addition to offering selected facts & figures, this concise publication highlights the most urgent issues in the German library landscape, suggests appropriate measures and solutions and provides supportive statements by politicians from the federal and European level.

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Animated film of the Comittee on Intercultural Library Work

The Comittee on Intercultural Library Work of the German Library Association has produced a short animated film introducing newcomers to the basic services and features of a library. For the purpose of avoiding language barriers, the film does not use speech but is largely self-explanatory. Moreover, in order to work for as many cultures as possible, the film's characters are abstract, neither featuring gender nor ethnic attributes.

Link to the film

Information Brochure "Libraries for Children and Young Adults in Germany"

The new English-language brochure “Libraries for Children and Young Adults in Germany“ gives an overview of the goals and functions of children's and young adults' libraries in Germany. It is aimed at foreign visitors or library colleagues. In its 20 pages, the following is concisely illustrated: How the German library system is constructed, how collections and offerings are financed, and how children's and young adults' libraries respond to the current challenges of a constantly changing media landscape. In the appendix, eight very diverse children's and young adults' libraries are presented.

The brochure (Status: June 2018) will be introduced at the IFLA Conference 2018 in Kuala Lumpur.

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German Library Association
Head Office
Fritschestraße 27-28
10585 Berlin
Fon +49 (0)30 6449899-16
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