The need to investigate the formation of a Continental African Library Association which will provide a platform to discuss issues and further the cause of the library and information sector in Africa was agreed at the First African Library Summit held in Muldersdrift, South Africa in May, 2011. An Exploratory Committee was charged with the task and mandated to report back to the IFLA Africa Section. After extensive consultations with stakeholders, the Exploratory Committee recommended the formation of the African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) which was accepted by the IFLA Africa Section. An Interim Committee was elected at the Mid Term Meeting of the IFLA Africa Section in February, 2013 in Abuja, Nigeria to manage the affairs of AfLIA for two years. The African Library and Information Associations and Institutions (AfLIA) was formally launched on Friday, 5 July, 2013 during the 2nd African Library Summit hosted by the University of South Africa (UNISA) in Pretoria, South Africa. A General meeting of members was held at the 3rd African Library Summit and 1st AfLIA Conference in Accra, Ghana on 2nd June 2015 where the Constitution was amended and approved and a newly elected Governing Council including Section Chairs took office.