ALA Sister Libraries: Call for Partnerships
    Nov. 11, 2019

    To promote the concept of a global community of libraries, the American Library Association(ALA) encourages U.S. libraries to form partnerships with libraries in other countries. Developing a Sister Library relationship can be a great opportunity for each library to learn about the work and lives of librarians around the world.


    • Broaden your staff’s view of the library profession
    • Increase staff and community knowledge of other cultures
    • Exchange information, resources, expertise, and training between libraries
    • Share techniques and technologies to help solve problems
    • Improve access to information in both countries
    • Promote awareness of libraries and their international reach
    • Raise awareness of issues and needs facing libraries in various countries


    Get tips on how to find a Sister Library. Browse “Libraries Seeking Sisters” list of libraries seeking a Sister Library partnership.  If you wish to be added to the list so that a potential Sister Library can find you, complete this form: Add Me to the List of Sister Libraries Seeking Partners. For more information, email [email protected]  


    Each Sister Library relationship is unique. Once two libraries decide to partner, they establish the level of commitment that they are both comfortable with; the partnership can be as formal or informal as desired.  It can be as simple as holding virtual conversations once a month to exchange ideas, or more complex involving exchanges of materials and staff. For more examples of successful library partnerships, check our Success Stories page.


    Building a partnership with a library in another country means exchange of knowledge, information, resources, experience, and good ideas on library work. Join us in making the library world a little smaller and more connected! The Sister Libraries Committee is looking forward to your participation.




    Sister Libraries Committee

    ALA International Relations Round Table