IPLC 2016

About India Public Libraries Conference

Indian public libraries are the legacy of the British era. Their aims and objectives are well reflected in the following Notification in the Gazette of India when the Imperial Library, Calcutta, one of the few public libraries at that time, was opened to the public: ‘It is intended that it should be a library of reference, a working place for students and a repository of material for the future historians of India, in which, so far as possible, every work written about India, at any time, can be seen and read.’

These aims and objectives continued to be the guiding principles of public libraries for many years, even after independence. But the concept of public libraries has changed drastically in the 21st Century when the emphasis is on making them community oriented and accessible to all irrespective of gender, age, caste, class, religion, disability, etc. In addition, digital technologies are also helping in widening the scope of public libraries by adding digital content and information and streamlining library operations.

These transformations in the sphere of public library services and functioning require a multi-stakeholder approach – to identify and bring together stakeholders across sectors in addition to public library/library professionals to achieve their aims and objectives in a changed scenario. In this context, the India Public Libraries Conference, supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, was launched in 2015 to serve as a multi-stakeholder platform to engage various public library stakeholders across sectors, discuss challenges and opportunities, and share learnings, innovations and best practices in the public library domain.

IPLC 2016 is the second edition of this conference. It strives to showcase how, in spite of challenges, public libraries are repositioning themselves with the help of technology and innovative content and services to serve the communities in the 21st century.



  • Repositioning public libraries as the original knowledge and information centres equipped with digital technologies to cater to the needs of 21st Century.
  • Envisioning the role of public libraries in addressing emerging needs of communities through the use of relevant technologies and innovative content and services.
  • Sharing innovations and best practices in the sphere of public library content and services.
  • Understanding the challenges in achieving the above mentioned objectives.


The Conference Theme "Inspiring and Repositioning Public Libraries – Technology, Content and Services” is divided into the following sub-themes:

  • Best practices in public libraries: Global trends
  • Infrastructure in public libraries in India
  • Digital content for public libraries
  • Innovative library services for public
  • International collaboration: Improving public library system in India
  • Public Private Partnership(PPP) models for public libraries
  • International collaborations/capacity building
  • Panel discussion on inspiring and repositioning public libraries: Technology, content and services
  • Recommendations and the valedictory function


The Conference Theme "Inspiring and Repositioning Public Libraries – Technology, Content and Services” is divided into the following sub-themes:

  • Public library personnel serving at the national, state and local (district, village, panchayat) levels.
  • Public library policy makers and programme implementers at the central, state and local government levels.
  • Officials associated with national missions and initiatives relevant to the public libraries.
  • Civil Society organisations and NGOs engaged in providing public library services to the communities in urban and rural settings.
  • Private sector officials supporting /providing public library services or willing to support/provide public library services under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
  • Innovators in the public library domain interested in sharing their experience, services and content.
  • Service providers interested in catering to the emerging needs of the public libraries
  • Library professionals and academicians in general.


NASSCOM Foundation

NASSCOM Foundation is a leading non-profit organization driving technology for good. The Foundation’s work is just as expansive and evolutionary as the potential that technology and corporate India entail. Drawing strength from its parent body, NASSCOM, the foundation works closely with four major stakeholders: NASSCOM member companies, NGOs, emerging social enterprises and the Government to foster a strategic relationship between technology and development. NASSCOM Foundation’s core initiatives include working for Persons with Disabilities, fostering innovative solutions for social good, creating unique skilling models for underserved communities, and digital literacy where it is the industry partner to the Government of India’s National Digital Literacy Mission (NDLM/DiSHA) and digital libraries.

More information about NASSCOM can be obtained at www.nasscomfoundation.org

DELNET – Developing Library Network

DELNET is a major resource-sharing library network in South Asia, which covers a wide spectrum of member libraries and their resources, connecting about 5000 libraries in 32 Indian states and eight countries. It was registered as a society in 1992. DELNET is committed to pool the information resources scattered in the libraries in the country and consolidate information through union catalogues, union lists and other databases. DELNET databases have crossed over two crore records. It is operational from its building at Jawaharlal Nehru University Campus in Delhi.

More information about DELNET can be obtained at www.delnet.nic.in