International Engagements

NLB shares knowledge and connect with international partners so that we can mutually improve our collections, services and capabilities.


Over the years, NLB has established a strong footing in the global library community.

We share cordial working relations with key players of the library and archives field including the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and the International Council on Archives (ICA), and inked Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with close to 30 influential global partners.

Since 2006, NLB has been managing the IFLA Regional Office for Asia and Oceania that seeks to raise the profile of libraries in the region and build bridges between the region and the world. We are also actively involved in various international library and archives organisations such as the American Library Association (ALA), the International Oral History Association Council (IOHC) and the Southeast Asia-Pacific Audiovisual Archive Association (SEAPAVAA).

As an emerging facilitator in the library and archives world, NLB has hosted a number of high-profile international conferences. Examples are the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2013, the 2019 Conference of Directors of National Libraries in Asia and Oceania (CDNLAO), the 2019 International Symposium of the Southeast Asia Regional Branch of the International Council on Archives (SARBICA) and the Leaders' Conversations 2020 and 2021.

By reinforcing NLB's international representation and connection, we strive to enhance our capability, collections, and services.


International Engagements