Thursday, July 30, 2020
Become a Local Partner

In the Spring or early Summer, the International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) members meet to discuss strategic and applied topics that advance both the individual and collective practices of university libraries.

Hosting an IATUL conference is a great opportunity to:

  • meet colleagues from around the world;
  • showcase your city and your institution; and
  • network with library directors and senior managers from over 60 countries to exchange ideas, expand professional networks, form new collaborations, and work together on multinational projects exploring the big challenges we face.

We are looking for partners who would like to host a conference in 2023.

Here you will find our application form for conference hosting. Please send applications, requests and questions to

Details and further information

Wednesday, July 8, 2020
News for Members
Newspapers, dice with the letters news

Our topics in June 2020:

1. President’s message
2. Postponement of 41st Annual Conference to JULY 2021
3. 41st General Assembly Webinar announcement.
4. Annual Seminar 2020 in Innsbruck will be online (November 2020)
5. Annual Seminar 2019 held in Gdańsk and Sopot
7. Professional News

Please find here the current IATUL Newsletter

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to you as the President of IATUL; an Australian living and working in the UK; and a professional librarian and global citizen. These continue to be challenging times wherever you are in the world and I hope you are well and managing the new demands and constraints on how we live and work. In the many countries that IATUL represents, the impact of COVID-19 has been felt in different ways in different places.

All of us have adopted new ways of describing our current state of ‘lockdown’ or stay-at-home existence.  We have been working hard to resolve day-to-day issues around moving off-campus to online learning, and supporting staff working from home. For many of us, the integration of digital content and virtual assistance services as our core offering has proven that the library never closes. We are now also planning, and some implementing, what ‘return to campus’ will look like in our journey to a post-COVID world. There is a shared feeling that we will all be facing a ‘new normal’.

As members of the IATUL global community of library leaders, we have greatly benefitted from gathering together, experiencing each other’s culture...

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Friday, April 3, 2020
See you next year!

Due to concerns regarding the corona-virus (COVID-19) outspread, we have been monitoring the international situation and recommendations from the World Health Organization (WHO) and global health authorities, as well as the advice of local Portuguese authorities. The safety of our members and conference participants is our top priority.
Considering the most recent developments all over the world and in Portugal, we have decided to cancel this year's conference and postpone it to next year. The Porto Conference Organizing Committee will restart the conference planning, and new announcements will follow.
Until then, keep safe and stay healthy.

We look forward to meeting you in Porto in 2021!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Get involved as a professional

The International Association of University Libraries (IATUL) is calling for interested and qualified candidates to serve on its Board of Directors.

IATUL is looking for candidates to represent

  • Asia Pacific (includes Australia and New Zealand) (2 candidates)
  • Africa and Middle East (1 candidate)

on its Board of Directors, the executive body of IATUL responsible for leading the  development of the Association, its strategic direction and actions.

Ordinary and Associated Members may propose representatives for election. Nominations shall name the candidate and shall show evidence of the candidate's consent. Nominators must be official representatives of a member institution. The decision as to who shall be invited to join the Board will be made by the Board and presented to the General Assembly for approval at the Annual Conference. Members of the Board are elected for a term of three years, and shall be eligible for immediate re-election to one additional term.

Candidates are expected to take an active part in the endeavours of the IATUL Board of Directors, especially by...

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020
41st IATUL Conference Porto 2020

The submission deadline for Call for Papers for the 41st Annual IATUL Conference has been extended.

New deadline is 2 February 2020.

You will find more information about Call for papers on the conference website.