IPLC 2017

Third India Public Libraries Conference

Theme: Transforming Indian Public Libraries: Strategies to ‘Reach the Unreached’

Date: 03rd - 05th October, 2017

Venue: India Habitat Centre

Organized by: Indian Public Library Movement, hosted by NASSCOM Foundation

Supported by: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


India Public Libraries Conference

Public Libraries are repository and source of information and ideas, a place for learning and enquiry, and for the generation of thoughts and the creation of new knowledge. Public libraries have the potential to bridge the gap between the ‘information poor’ and the ‘information rich’ by ensuring that every Indian without discrimination has easy access to knowledge they seek. Moreover, at the global level, public libraries are increasingly being seen as means to achieve 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Public libraries are particularly important in the Indian context, as these libraries could serve as great equalizers. Libraries have the vast potential to make a substantive difference in the empowerment of India’s masses and in the development of a better educated and informed citizenry. While largely underfunded and neglected institution, the Indian public library system is in a position to provide vital community and information resources for millions of Indians with the aid of rapidly changing technology.

Public libraries have played an important role in the lives of many successful people. It was probably the only institution which could offer free services to everyone for any knowledge needs. Presently, even though we have about 70 thousand public libraries in this country, but most of them have become mere structures, which are there only because they are public institutions funded by the government. Attached with these structures are capable and professional librarians, who, if utilized optimally, can become agents of change for the community living around the library. The public library ecosystem extends from the national level to the state, district, block and village levels providing the best reach.

India Public Libraries Conference (IPLC) 2017 is the third edition of this conference. It strives to showcase how, in spite of challenges, public libraries are repositioning themselves with the help of technology and innovate content and services to serve the communities in the 21st century.


Conference Theme:

Transforming Indian Public Libraries: Strategies to ‘Reach the Unreached’

Conference Format and Content

Day One - 3rd October 2017
It is a three-day conference. The first day is a combination of inauguration, plenary and panel discussions attended by various Ministries and other governmental and non-governmental delegates. Along with the welcome addresses, delegates will ideate on the issues related to sustainability and development of public libraries. There is also a session planned around how public libraries, because of their immense reach, can become delivery platforms for government schemes and services.

Day Two - 4th October 2017
Day two will witness the perception of citizens about public libraries which have been collected through market research and the ways and means of strengthening these public institutions. Experts and renowned market research organizations will participate in these discussions. Parallel sessions are also planned to ideate on declining reading habits, partnerships and library legislations. These sessions will be moderated and attended by experts, practitioners, policy makers, corporates and academicians.Day two sessions will also witness a dialogue with opinion makers, select parliamentarians around public libraries.

Day Three - 5th October 2017
It will be the day of workshops and capacity building for people on variety of issues pertinent to the public library space e.g.; setting up and activating children spaces in public libraries; Volunteerism for PL space; multi-stakeholder partnerships for transformation of Public Libraries etc…



This conference will also witness an amalgamation of various service providers and associates demonstrating their services and products.


IPLC 2017 Participants:

  • Library professionals and academicians.
  • Elected representatives at the state and the federal level.
  • Public library policy makers.
  • Governmental and Non-governmental organizations engaged in providing public library services to communities.
  • Organizations / campaigns, movements working for the cause of education, health, skills development etc.
  • International organizations and Embassies.
  • Corporates - Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives in the field of education and knowledge.
  • Innovators in the public library domain – from the country as well as from other parts of the world.
  • Publishers,
  • Service providers.

Indian Public Library Movement – IPLM

IPLM seeks to reposition public libraries as socially inclusive, community oriented knowledge centers through skilling library professionals and providing access to technology enabled information resources and need based services. With need-based information, resources, and a whole array of services that will impact citizens’ lives and their livelihood, the project thus aims to showcase public libraries as ‘agents of change’ and ‘engines of development’ in India in alignment with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. India Public Libraries Conference (IPLC) is part of the India Public Libraries Movement (IPLM), supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and hosted by NASSCOM Foundation. It was launched in 2015 to serve as a multi-stakeholder platform to engage public library stakeholders across sectors, discuss challenges and opportunities, and share learnings, innovations and best practices in the public library domain. Through this conference, IPLM envisions to re-energize the Indian public libraries, revamp and equip these institutions to become relevant to the needs of 21st century. This year’s IPLC is scheduled from 3-5 October 2017 at the India habitat Centre, New Delhi. The participants would include national and international delegates working in the space of Public Libraries, practicing librarians, Raja Rammohun Roy Library Foundation officials, various Ministries of Government of India, state governments, nongovernmental organizations, academicians, researchers, corporate sector entities and foundations, international organizations and library science students.