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Working internationally

Working Internationally for Libraries

‘Working Internationally for Libraries’ is CILIP’s initiative to promote collaboration and partnership between public libraries in England and their international counterparts.

The project is funded by Arts Council England and will run in partnership with the British Library, British Council, and Libraries Connected. In its first phase, the project will focus on English public libraries to develop a programme of activities including grants & travel bursaries, an international conference, and a showcase of successful international projects.


Get Involved

If you are a public librarian or information professional in England, wanting to develop new opportunities overseas, or an international organisation looking for UK partners, please register your interest through the form here.

We want to inspire librarians and support them in their efforts to gain international exposure. We believe that this will not only bring innovation and new practices into libraries, but will also establish librarians as leaders in building cultural relations.

Together we can build #BridgesNotWalls

Header photo shows libraries student and CILIP member Yi Wu.


I believe this project would provide an amazing opportunity for cultural and information exchange within libraries. Sharing of best practice would be great too!

Rhonda Brooks, Vision Redbridge Culture and Leisure, Redbridge Central Library, UK


Working Internationally for Libraries partners

Arts Council England logo
British Council logo
Libraries Connected logo
Briths Library logo
Carnegie UK Trust logo
 CILIP International Library and Information Group logo
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