Call for Hosting International Congress of Medical Librarianship (ICML) 2021

(7 June 2017) The IFLA Health and Biosciences Libraries Section (HBS) invites expressions of interest to host the 13th International Congress on Medical Librarianship (ICML) in 2021.  The ICML takes place in a city selected through a competitive process.

The Congress normally attracts 500+ attendees from around the world.

The host organisation will be responsible for the Congress budget which will be generated from delegate registrations, exhibition sales, sponsorship and industry and government support.  There will be no funding from IFLA.

The Congress programme runs over several days, usually Monday to Friday, including plenary and concurrent sessions, posters, continuing education seminars/workshops, tours and a trade exhibition.  The host organisation is responsible for working with the Congress Planning Committee (CPC).

Expressions of interests with all required information should be submitted by 31 August 2017 to Professor Maria G. N. Musoke, Chair, IFLA Health & Biosciences Libraries Section; email


2017 Dublin, Ireland 12th: Diversity in practice: Integrating, inspiring and innovative – in conjunction with EAHIL
2013 Boston, Mass, USA 11th: One Health: information in an interdependent world – in conjunction with MLA
2009 Brisbane,  Australia 10th: Positioning the Profession
2005 Salvador, Bahia, Brazil 9th: Commitment to Equity
2000 London, UK 8th: Converge on London
1995 Washington DC,USA 7th: Health information for the global village
1990 New Delhi, India 6th: Medical libraries: keys to health information
1985 Tokyo, Japan 5th: Medical libraries- one world: resources, cooperation, services
1980 Belgrade, Yugoslavia 4th:  Health information for a developing world
1969 Amsterdam, The Netherlands 3rd:  World progress in medical librarianship
1963 Washington DC, USA 2nd : To foster the development and improvement of medical library service throughout the world
1953 London, UK 1st: Survey the current position and activity of medical libraries throughout the world.

The very detailed announcement in full is here.