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5th International Summit of the Book

Wednesday, 2 November 2016 (All day) to Thursday, 3 November 2016 (All day)

The 5th International Summit of the Book will take place in Limerick from the 2nd - 3rd November 2016. Booking details are available at

The International Summit of the Book is a US Library of Congress initiative which is supported by the Library Association of Ireland (LAI), the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP), Libraries Northern Ireland, the National Library of Ireland, the Society of National, College and University Libraries (SCONUL), the Consortium of National and University Libraries (CONUL) and other partners.

The International Summit of the Book is one of the important initiatives launched by the US Library of Congress to emphasize the key position of the book and libraries in preserving national cultural identities and human civilization. The inaugural Summit took place in Washington D.C. on 6–7 December 2012. Every year, the Summit is held in a city that has a global cultural impact—namely Washington, Singapore, and Paris in the years 2012, 2013, and 2014 respectively. Last year this important cultural event was held for the first time in Africa and the Arab world- in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in the ancient city of Alexandria, Egypt under the theme “Books, Reading, and Technology”.

Taking inspiration from Samuel Beckett- one of our most eminent writers, the theme for this year’s Summit is ‘Words are all we have,the Book: history, knowledge and technology, the Voyage.  International eminent figures, intellectuals, and library professionals from around the World will participate in this event.

The Summit will discuss key issues on technology and manuscripts, including the role of translation in the preservation and transmission of culture, and the book as an important tool in cultural exchange. The Summit will also discuss the development of books into electronic formats, and its impact on reading; the challenges facing books and the publishing industry and the role of books and reading in societies.