Singapore to host two major international conferences on books and libraries

The importance - and future - of libraries and books will be discussed at two international conferences which Singapore is hosting for the first time.

Over 3,000 delegates from 150 countries are expected at the 2nd International Summit of the Book on Aug 16, and the 79th International Federation of Library Associations World Library and Information Congress, which runs from Aug 17 to 23.

National Library Board chief executive officer Elaine Ng said that hosting these events allows library and information professionals in Singapore to learn from the international community. "What Singapore libraries learn from the Congress and the Summit will enable us to make improvements to the experience of library goers in Singapore," she said.

As part of the conference, there will be six free public talks held at the Central Public Library. The talks will cover topics such as how to encourage the young to read and making books accessible to those with special needs. Registration details will be announced later.