The Independent Libraries Association’s 28th Annual Conference

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Friday 2nd June 2017 to Sunday 4th June 2017

Venue: Chawton House Library


Independent libraries occupy a unique place in the world’s cultural life. Rather than seeing independent libraries as niche or elitist, the Financial Times described the UK’s independent libraries as ‘havens of books, conversation and cultural events with histories stretching back centuries.’ The role and function of the independent library is a little-explored area, but growing numbers of scholars and researchers are joining the public in working in and around these institutions. As a space, the independent library generates lively debate around literacy, the role of the state, local and national identity, and cultural value.

The Independent Libraries Association’s annual conference will focus on issues surrounding ‘building for the future’. This theme can be taken to mean any tactic, project or strategy aimed at preserving any aspect of an independent library. Particular emphasis this year is given to papers that focus on the buildings that house independent libraries: how their history, adaptation, current and future use are an important element of a library’s success. Cataloguing projects, book preservation and conservation, restoration projects, fundraising, volunteer and membership programmes, digitisation, outreach, and/or working with universities and other partnerships are also welcomed under this year’s theme. The Annual Conference also welcomes proposals from those who work outside the independent library sector but who face similar challenges of sustainability.

Full Programme Here.

Speaker information and paper abstracts.


Conference Fee: £75. This includes conference fee, wine reception, lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments.

Day Rate: £45. This is for Saturday ONLY and includes lunch as well as morning and afternoon refreshments on that day.

To book, call us on 01420 541010 or book online here (subject to Eventbrite booking fee).

Registration form to print out and send here. 

Please inform us of any dietary requirements.

Payment deadline: Monday 17th April.


Getting here: 

The nearest train station is Alton but it is still a 40 minute walk to Chawton House Library.

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