About the Library Services to People with Special Needs Section
The Section for Library Services to People with Special Needs provides an international forum for the discussion of ideas, sharing of experiences and development of tools designed to promote and improve the effectiveness of library and information services to special needs groups, and the promotion of national and international cooperation at all levels.
These groups include, but are not limited to, people who are in hospitals, nursing homes, and other care facilities; people in prisons; people who are experiencing homelessness; people with physical disabilities; people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or deafblind; people with dyslexia; and people with cognitive and mental disabilities.
We regret that some documents for the time being are only available in PDF and seek to remedy this by adding more accessible formats in the time to come.
The Library Services to People with Special Needs section is one of IFLAs oldest. It was established in 1931 as the Sub-committee on Hospital Libraries (patients' libraries). Over the years the sections' scope has widened and its name changed several times. In 2008 it got its current name, changed from Libraries Serving Disadvantaged Persons.
Last update: 24 August 2019