Library and Information Week

What is the relationship between a library and democracy? Has it always been this way? Will it continue unchanged, even in the global context of geopolitical conflict and social unrest? What is it that libraries do that can possibly make a tangible difference to living in an open, democratic society?

While we know that libraries don’t and cannot single-handedly uphold democracy, we also know that they are essential in ensuring that information is accessible to all and that citizens can educate themselves and make informed decisions. Libraries have their roots in providing free and equitable access to information, roots that extend and connect people and communities with the services they need. Yet as both the past and the present shows us, when those roots are weakened, entire structures can fall. So this Library and Information Week we’re exploring how, why and where libraries are strengthening our democratic processes - the avenues, tactics and approaches they use, and what they can do to keep democracy thriving even when its very existence as an ideology and an ideal is being contested. Through this theme, our LIW resources, and soon to be announced program of events for the week, our overall aim is to help libraries talk confidently with government, civil society, and their communities on how they are upholding democratic values every day simply by doing what they do.

So save the date for 29 July - 4 August and keep an eye on our website, newsletter and social media channels for more details about the program of events and additional resources.


Previous Library and Information Week themes have included:

  • 2023 – Where's the source?
  • 2022 – Rewrite, Renew, Reimagine
  • 2021 – Adventures in Space and Time
  • 2020 – Create
  • 2019 – Truth, Integrity, Knowledge
  • 2018 – Find yourself in a library
  • 2017 – Celebrate
  • 2016 – Discover More
  • 2015 – Imagine
  • 2014 – Join the Dots
  • 2013 – Share your story
  • 2012 – Think Outside the Book
  • 2011 – Libraries: We Find Stuff!
  • 2010 – Access All Areas
  • 2009 – Libraries your passport to discovery!
  • 2008 – Libraries are for Everyone
  • 2007 – Linking People with Ideas
  • 2006 – Linking People with Ideas @your library
  • 2005 – Posters themes: 'feeding hungry young minds', 'most user friendly search engine', 'what's on your librarians mind?'
  • 2004 – Down and Loaded
  • 2003 – Power your Mind
  • 2002 – Libraries Change Lives
  • 2001 – Libraries Information Matters and Libraries Knowledge Outlook
  • 2000 – Here for the Long Run
  • 1999 – Libraries: Explore and Discover
  • 1998 – Pathways to Knowledge
  • 1997 – Libraries: a Web of Information
  • 1996 – Reading the future
  • 1995 – Destination Information

What is Library and Information Week?

This is the week where we celebrate the work that library and information workers do all around Australia.

Every year, libraries and information services throughout Australia showcase their resources and services to their communities, through programs and events. Whether it's a library in your school, community, university, hospitals, cultural or law institutions, this week is an opportunity to learn more about what they do and the important roles they play in our local community, work and personal lives.

This week was first celebrated in 1968 as Australian Library Week, organised by the Australian Library Promotion Council. After the Council folded in the late 1980s, the Australian Library and Information association took responsibility for the week, and it was eventually changed to Library and Information Week in 2000, to reflect and build awareness of the broader range of the library and information services sector, and promote all types of library and information services in Australia.