How To Form a UNESCO Associated Library

Date: 03/11/2011 Description: Photo of the library shelves. © Image courtesy of U.S. Government Library - Arlington, VA Any library located in the United States engaging in programs that encompass at least three of UNESCO’s five sectors is eligible to apply. This includes but is not limited to libraries associated with: schools, museums, associations, government, historic sites, etc.

U.S. Libraries interested in recognition as a UNESCO Associated Library should complete and submit an application, which can be found here.

Under its international mandate, UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization) works to promote intercultural dialogue through cross-sectoral engagement with people from around the globe in the areas of education, natural science, social science, culture and communication/information. UNESCO recognizes libraries that exemplify this effort through the UNESCO Associated Libraries Program.

U.S. libraries advancing programs that cut across at least three of UNESCO’s five sectors (education, natural science, social science, culture, and communication/information) may apply for recognition as a UNESCO Associated Library by the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO.

Recognition through the UNESCO Associated Library program conveys to visitors and patrons that your library has a commitment to international engagement through communication, culture, education, and science. Libraries that receive this distinction may publicize their status as a UNESCO Associated Library and are eligible to display a special certificate issued by the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO. Moreover, becoming a UNESCO Associated Library enables an institution to tap into the network of UNESCO Associated Libraries in the U.S. and around the globe.

For an informational brochure, click here.