Library and Information Week 2020


About Library and Information Week

The theme for Library and Information Week, running 25–31 May 2020, is Create. The theme showcases all the ways that libraries and library and information professionals create through their work. You can use social media to tell us how you create using #LIW2020 and #LibrariesCreate. 

The week provides you the opportunity to inform your community about the range of services that libraries offer. You can join library and information professionals across Australia in celebrating the week by hosting an event or showing off your Library and Information Week display on social media using the #LIW2020 hashtag. 

Once again we will have merchandise for the week, and we already have free downloadable resources.   


Library and Information Week provides the community with the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the range of services that your library offers. 
  • Recognise the vital role which libraries and information services play for research and education.
  • Recognise the contribution of specialist libraries for the work outcomes in corporations, government departments, hospitals and other institutions.
  • Debate our information future and the government's approach to it.
  • Emphasise the significance of libraries in the maintenance of our history and culture at community and national levels.
  • Recognise the importance of library and information services as providers of services for people who may otherwise be disadvantaged by their lack of access to information and services.
  • Consider the role which libraries play in our local community, work, and personal life.

Get Involved


Library and Information Week, is held during the last week of May each year. This year Library and Information Week takes place from 25–31 May 2020. We are excited to announce that the theme for Library and Information Week 2020 is Create. 

Monday 25 May  Launch day – You can start creating activities for your users that will run across the entire week. 

Tuesday 26 May – National Library and Information Technicians' Day – This is the day to celebrate the great work that library technicians do and to gain a better understanding of their role in libraries we have created some free Library Technicians' Day stickers that you can download in the resources section. 

Wednesday 27 May – National Simultaneous Storytime – at 11am participants across Australia and New Zealand will sit down and read Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas written and illustrated by Lucinda Gifford and published by Scholastic Australia. 

Thursday 28 May  Libraries celebrate Cancer Council's Biggest Morning Tea – take a break and help raise money with your community for this important cause 

Friday 29 May – ALIA Day – spread the love and let users and other LIS professionals know the good work that ALIA does, including Library and Information Week!


Suggested activities

To help celebrate Library and Information Week 2020, ALIA has created a list of suggested activities for you or your library to run.

  • Create a display of resources which showcases how your patrons can use library items to create. It could be books on fibre arts, technology in your creative space or arts and crafts materials your library holds.
  • Host a creative night, or afternoon, where library users can show off their hobbies and teach each other.
  • Invite a local author, artist, singer or other creative person to give a talk on what they make and how they make it.
  • Run an 'Arts and Sciences' competition where members of the public can submit examples of what they've made using library resources and win prizes. The items could be a scarf knitted using information from a library book, an essay or poem written at the library, a plant that they've grown after learning gardening techniques or anything else that they've created.
  • Invite in experts from the local community to teach workshops on their areas of expertise to your patrons.


Merchandise and Resources





Media Resources

This resource is designed to help you get the best publicity and media coverage for your Library and Information Week events in the lead up to the 2020 event.

Previous Library and Information Week Events

Australian Library Week was first celebrated in 1968 under the auspices of the Australian Library Promotion Council. The Council folded in the late 1980s. After an intermission of some years, the Australian Library and Information Association assumed responsibility for Australian Library Week and activities and promotion of the event have steadily gained momentum.

In 2000, the name of the week was changed to Library and Information Week to reflect the broader coverage of the sector represented by the Library and Information Association. Library and Information Week will promote all types of library and information services, the expertise and skills of the profession, and the key issues that need to be addressed to secure access to information.

Previous Library and Information Week themes have included:

  • 2019–Truth, Integrity, Knowledge
  • 2018–Find yourself in a library
  • 2017–Celebrate
  • 2016–Discover More
  • 2015–Imagine
  • 2014–Join the Dots
  • 2013–Share your story
  • 2012–Think Outside the Book
  • 2011–Libraries: We Find Stuff!
  • 2010–Access All Areas
  • 2009–Libraries your passport to discovery!
  • 2008–Libraries are for Everyone
  • 2007–Linking People with Ideas
  • 2006–Linking People with Ideas @your library
  • 2005–Posters themes: 'feeding hungry young minds', 'most user friendly search engine', 'what's on your librarians mind?'
  • 2004–Down and Loaded
  • 2003–Power your Mind
  • 2002–Libraries Change Lives
  • 2001–Libraries Information Matters and Libraries Knowledge Outlook
  • 2000–Here for the Long Run
  • 1999–Libraries: Explore and Discover
  • 1998–Pathways to Knowledge
  • 1997–Libraries: a Web of Information

Wrap up

Check out some of the 2019 highlights here. 

We'd love to see what you, your library or community are up to for Library and Information Week 2020. Send in your videos, photos and stories of how you celebrated Library and Information Week to or use the hashtags #LIW2020 on social media.