Library Association of Ireland

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The Library Association of Ireland (LAI) (Irish: Cumann Leabharlann na hÉireann) is a professional body representing librarians that was founded in 1928. Its current president is Mary Stuart, who is also a county librarian within Offaly County Libraries. It publishes a journal An Leabharlann – The Irish Library and organises occasional conferences. The Library Association of Ireland has participated in six LAI and CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) Ireland Annual Joint Conferences, the most recent of which took place in the town of Tullamore in County Offaly, from 29 to 31 March 2017.[1]


The objectives of the Library Association of Ireland are:

  • To promote and develop high standards of librarianship and of library and information services in Ireland, and to secure greater co-operation between libraries.
  • To represent the profession of librarianship in Ireland, and to promote the professional interests of members.
  • To maintain the profession of librarianship in a proper status among the learned and technical professions by requiring the observance of strict rules of personal professional conduct as a condition of membership, and by ensuring that a qualification in librarianship is an essential requirement for all professional posts in libraries.
  • To promote a high standard of education for librarianship in Ireland by evaluating and giving recognition to degrees, diplomas or other professional qualifications in librarianship, and by conducting courses of study, setting examinations to test the proficiency of candidates, and issuing diplomas.
  • To examine and assess any legislation affecting libraries and the profession in Ireland, and to assist in the promotion of any legislation as may be considered necessary for the advancement and extension of libraries, and to act on behalf of the profession of librarianship in Ireland in dealing with the Government and other bodies.
  • To keep a register of members.
  • To form, collect, collate and publish in the form of transactions, journals or otherwise, information of service or interest to the members of the Association, and to form a library of books, works, or manuscripts on librarianship and to promote and encourage bibliographical study and research.
  • To organise such conferences, social and other functions as may promote the interests of the Association.[2]


There are two main categories of membership for the Library Association of Ireland. These two main categories include personal and institutional members. Personal members include professionals, para-professionals, international, students, and fraternal. Institutional members include libraries, library schools, corporate and government bodies, and institutions or societies.[3] There is also a third and smaller type of membership, Honorary Life Membership and Honorary Fellowship of the Association, for those who have made significant contributions to the library profession and or to the Library Association of Ireland.


Books published by the Library Association of Ireland include:

  • Accent on Access : Proceedings of an Irish Joint Conference held 19–22 April 1994 in Enniskillen
  • Books Beyond the Pale: Aspects of the Provincial Book Trade in Ireland Before 1850
  • The Borrowers at School: A Report on Primary School Libraries
  • Celtic Connections: Proceedings of the Conference held 4th – 7th June, 1996 in Peebles
  • Commitment to Quality: Proceedings of an Irish joint conference held in Cork, 19–23 April 1993
  • Consumer Health Information Database Feasibility
  • Directory of Libraries & Information Services in Ireland; 5th Ed.
  • Information for Health: Access to Healthcare Information Services in Ireland. A Research Report on the Information needs of Healthcare Professionals and the Public
  • Libraries – Information and Imagination : Proceedings of an Irish Joint Conference held 25–28 April 1995
  • Library Development in Second Level Schools : Seminar Proceedings
  • Library File: Making a Success of the School Library
  • Public Information in Private Places: Proceedings of the 1997 Annual Joint Conference held in Letterkenny Co Donegal, 22nd – 25th April, 1997
  • School Libraries: Guidelines for Good
  • Standards for Irish Health Care Libraries and Information Services (2nd ed., 2005)
  • Standards for Irish Health Care Libraries
  • Striving for Excellence: Proceedings of an Irish Joint Conference held 27th April – 1st May, 1992 in Malahide, Co. Dublin
  • Towards the Global Library: Networking Revolution in Action. Seminar proceedings 12–20 March 1992
  • Well Read: Developing Consumer Health Information in Ireland [4]

The An Leabharlann is the journal published by the Library Association of Ireland. In the year 2013, the journal became available electronically. Currently the journal has published 26 volumes and 51 issues.[5]


  1. ^ "LAI/CILIP Annual Ireland Joint Conference 2017". Retrieved 18 Oct 2017.
  2. ^ "Objectives". Retrieved 18 Oct 2017.
  3. ^ "Types of Membership". Retrieved 16 Nov 2013.
  4. ^ "Publications". Retrieved 16 Nov 2013.
  5. ^ "An Leabharlann". Retrieved 18 Oct 2017.

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