EBLIDA is the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations.

EBLIDA is an independent umbrella association of library, information, archive and documentation associations and institutions in Europe.

Established as a vital link between European institutions and informa­tion professionals since 1992, EBLIDA is in touch with the European Library Community through more than 155 members in connection with 90000 libraries throughout Europe.

EBLIDA concentrates its work on European information society issues, including copyright & licensing, culture & education, digitization and online access and EU enlargement.

EBLIDA promotes unhindered access to information in the digital age and the role of archives and libraries in achieving this goal.



NAPLE Forum (National Authorities on Public Libraries in Europe) was founded on October 4, 2002. It is an international non governmental association pursuing the interests of the national library authorities in Europe. Its main aim is to promote principles and strategies for public library policies. The membership of NAPLE is open to all national public library authorities or the nearest equivalent to such a policy making institution with national responsibilities for public library services, or, within a federate system, assuming the appropriate level of such responsibilities. The objectives of NAPLE are:

  • To provide information on the situation of public libraries
  • To design future developments at national level
  • To identify áreas for cooperation and research
  • To promote coherent library development in Europe


The Spanish Federation of Archivistic, Biblioteconomy, Documentation and Museum Societies (FESABID) is an non-profit organisation which was founded in 1988 with the aim of bringing together the most relevant professional associations from the sector. Over the years FESABID has grown to become a Federation of Associations, and since its creation its main task has been to strengthen and enrich collaboration between associations and professionals from different fields and areas of Spain.

Made up of twenty professional associations FESABID and the Federation constitute a meeting point for 7000 Spanish professionals represented by their respective associations, with the aim of exchanging knowledge and experiences and carrying out projects of common interest together.
FESABID is recognised by the Spanish Public Administration and European Union and various international organisations as being the voice for Spanish information and documentation professionals. FESABID participates in legal regulation processes related to the sector and forms part of various institutions and national and international, professional work groups.

  • Presidency of the IFLA Hispanic Caucus: a meeting between Spanish-speaking professionals held each year within the World Library and Information Congress.
  • Secretaryship of the AENOR Documentation Committee, in charge of producing and updating the UNE regulations in Documentation, and monitoring of the ISO Technical Committee’s work.
  • EBLIDA Executive Committee member.
  • Full member of the Librarian Cooperation Council.
  • Member of the Book and Reading Observatory and also collaborates with other Spanish institutions such as the Spanish Publisher’s Guild.

FESABID has 3 active work groups, which, since 1990 organise the bi-annual Spanish Documentation Conference, alongside the Documat fair.



The Andalusian Association of Librarians (AAB) is an independent, professional association whose principal aim since it’s beginnings in 1981 has been to contribute to the future of libraries, to defend the interests of the librarians of Andalusia, and to support the role of libraries as being the focal point of culture and knowledge in all areas of society.

The association has 1200 members and works in the following fields of action: 

  • Editorial: publishes the renowned Association of Andalusian Librarians bulletin both in print and online
  • Education: programmes its own training courses and others in collaboration with other centres such as the Andalusian Institute of Historical Heritage and the University of Malaga.
  • Consultancy: consults on work-related issues in order to attend to all member enquiries and to defend their interests
  • Connecting people: organises professional meetings like the Andalusian Librarian Conference with the aim of exchanging experiences, updating information and promoting team work.

The Andalusian Librarian Conference is held bi-annually since 1981. In 2011 the Andalusian Librarian Asssociation and the Andalusian Librarian Conference celebrated 30 years. The AAB wants to share this special anniversary with all of its members and also with FESABID and all professionals from the information and documentation sectors in Spain, in this way completing the scientific programme for the Conference with commemorative activities and celebrations.