Library and Information Week 2017

The week aims to raise the profile of libraries and information service professionals in Australia. It gives libraries and information services the opportunity to showcase their resources, facilities, events, contacts and services through different programs and events to the community. This week is your chance to show your skills and your value to the community in a fun way!

Library and Information Week provides the community with the opportunity to:

  • find out about the wide range of services which local public and school libraries offer.
  • recognise the vital role which libraries and information services play for research and education.
  • recognise the contribution of specialist libraries for the work outcomes in corporations, government departments, hospitals and other institutions.
  • debate our information future and government approaches to it.
  • emphasise the significance of libraries in the maintenance of our history and culture at community and national levels.
  • recognise the importance of library and information services as providers of services for people who may otherwise be disadvantaged by their lack of access to information and services.
  • consider the role which libraries play in our local community, work and personal life.


Library and Information Week is held during the last week of May each year. This year Library and Information week takes place from 22 to 28 May 2017. We are excited to announce that the 2017 LIW theme is 'Celebrate', in line with celebrating ALIA's 80th birthday!

You can get involved by organising your own event to celebrate the industry or you can join library and information services across Australia. 

Monday 22 May -  Australia's Most Borrowed Books

Tuesday 23 May - National Library Technicians' Day - this day provides the opportunity for library technicians to promote ALIA, the profession, and their role in libraries and to celebrate their many achievements.

Wednesday 24 May - National Simultaneous Storytime

Thursday 25 May - Libraries celebrate Cancer Council's Biggest Morning Tea

Friday 26 May - ALIA Day is Twitter Day!Pull out the pearls, slot in the shoulder pads, and if you thought a cloche was a greenhouse, think again ... it’s time to dig out the vintage fashion for Library and Information Week.

To celebrate ALIA’s 80th birthday, on ALIA Day, Friday 26 May, we’d like you to dress for work as you would have 80 years ago, and tweet us the pictures of your 1930's fashion. Be sure to use these hashtags on Twitter and Facebook: #ALIAThenandNow, #LIW2017, #ALIA80. The ‘30s were all about glamour on a budget – it’s so us.

Check the ALIA events calendar for details of ALIA group events in your local area celebrating LIW.

Order official Library and Information Week merchandise to promote and support your event.

  • Posters
  • Stickers
  • Bookmarks
  • Drink Bottles
  • Pencils

Click here to order LIW merchandise for your event! All prices include GST and postage. Members are entitled to discounted prices on merchandise orders.

Please allow at least 5 working days (metropolitan areas) and 10 working days (regional areas) for delivery of items. Orders placed after 5 May 2017 cannot be guaranteed to arrive in time for Library and Information Week 2017.


Print graphics – Letterhead, Flyer

Web graphics – Banner, Facebook coverTwitter cover, Facebook avatar, Twitter avatar, and Email signature.


Ideas for inspiration

For inspiration and ideas for LIW2017 click here. 

We would love to hear about your ideas. Let us know your plans.

This resource is designed to help you get the best publicity and media coverage for your LIW events in the lead up to Library and Information Week.

Australian Library Week was first celebrated in 1968 under the auspices of the Australian Library Promotion Council. The Council folded in the late 1980s. After an intermission of some years, the Australian Library and Information Association assumed responsibility for Australian Library Week and activities and promotion of the event have steadily gained momentum.

In 2000, the name of the week was changed to Library and Information Week to reflect the broader coverage of the sector represented by the Library and Information Association. Library and Information Week will promote all types of library and information services, the expertise and skills of the profession, and the key issues that need to be addressed to secure access to information.

Previous Library and Information Week themes have included:

  • 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

Check out some of the 2016 highlights here. We'd love to see what you, your library or community are up to for Library and Information Week 2017 'Celebrate'. Send in your videos, photos and stories of how you celebrated LIW to