The name of the association is African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (English) Association Africaine des Bibliothèques et des Institutions d’Information (French) and Associação Africana de Bibliotecas e Instituições de Informação (Portuguese) written in the three official languages of the association

AFLIA Our Core Objectives

  • Support the library and information profession that anticipates and responds to the needs of communities in Africa
  • Drive high standards in library and information services and professional practices
  • Encourage widespread understanding of the value and importance of high quality library and information services in the public, private and voluntary sectors
  • Promote libraries and information centres as vital institutions that enhance people's lives through equitable access to knowledge and information and innovative services
  • Advance research and development of relevant services to indigenous knowledge as well as information on local communities and preservation of cultural heritage
  • Enable all its members to engage in, and benefit from, its activities without regard to citizenship, disability, ethnic origin, gender, geographical location, language, political philosophy, race or religion
  • Embrace the principles of freedom of access to information, ideas and works of imagination and freedom of expression embodied in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Article on African Charter of People's Rights
  • Place African library and information professionals in a position to offer relevant services
  • Support the establishment and strengthening of regional and national library and information associations in Africa
  • Forge links with other relevant institutions, organisations and associations
  • Put the library and information profession on the national and continental agendas
  • Do all other things that will support the development of LIS on the African Continent.