Congress Information

Congress Venue

The Centennial Hall, is generally considered to be one of the most significant works of the 20th century architecture. Designed by eminent architect Max Berg, it was constructed in 1913 on the occasion of the international exhibition organized on the 100th anniversary of the manifesto “To My People” issued by Prussian King Frederick – Wilhelm III that called for a broad, common struggle against Napoleon. Nowadays, it is a venue where conferences, congresses, concerts, great operatic performances, trade-fairs and prestigious sporting events are held.

The Centennial Hall was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006. This crucial, internationally important architectural project was valued for improving and evolving the use of ferroconcrete in architecture. When completed, the Centennial Hall was the biggest European structure of this form and one of the turning points in reinforcing building structures with steel. Undoubtedly it is one of the most important works in 20th century architecture.

The Centennial Hall complex consists of the historical Pergola, the lush Japanese Garden, Poland’s largest multimedia fountain and the Discovery Center of the Centennial Hall. When making a visit to the Centennial Hall it is also recommended to take a walk through the picturesque landscape of the Szczytnicki Park. The Hall can bring a range of distinctive and exceptional emotions. As an historic monument and taciturn witness of the past, the Hall welcomes novelty, youth and technology. Become a witness of exceptional events at this magnificent historical structure.

Core Congress Dates

19-25 August 2017
The Opening Ceremony and the Exhibition Reception will take place at the Centennial Hall on Sunday, 20 August 2017.


IFLA will also hold a trade exhibition at the Centennial Hall in conjunction with the World Library and Information Congress. Attendees are invited to visit the exhibition which will be open from the afternoon of Sunday, 20 August 2017 until Wednesday, 23 August 2017. Final opening hours will be included in the Congress Programme.


IFLA offers a range of commercial sponsorship opportunities for IFLA WLIC 2017. These can be booked online via the Exhibition and Sponsorship Ordering System (ESOS®). For further information regarding sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please contact the Congress Secretariat: [email protected].

Congress Material

Congress material will be available for collection onsite at the Congress bag desk in the Registration Area.

IFLA Congress Communication

IFLA will communicate news items through several channels before and during the Congress, such as the IFLA Mailing List, a Pre-Congress Newsletter and social media. During the Congress Facebook will be the main channel for Congress News:
Please be aware that you do not need a Facebook account to be able to read the posts.

Congress Secretariat

K.I.T. Group GmbH Association & Conference Management has been appointed as the Congress Secretariat for the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2017.

Congress Tours

A selected company will offer tours during and after the Congress, where guests have the chance to meet Wrocław and Poland. For further information about the tours during the Congress please click here and for the Post-Congress tours here.

Hotel Reservations

All room reservations have to be made directly with the hotel by sending the official hotel booking form with the booking code “IFLA 2017” and with full credit card details directly to the hotel. Without the credit card details the booking cannot be processed. Please take note that your hotel reservation is not complete if you don not return the completed and signed form to the hotel of your choice. Please find the hotel overview and more information here. Telephone reservations will not be accepted. If you have any changes, please contact the hotel directly. If you do not have the contact details with you we will be happy to help you at the registration counters.

Alternative Accommodation

Delegates are welcome to book their own accommodation other than the accommodation service offered by the Congress Secretariat.


Wrocław, the capital city of Lower Silesia, the fourth biggest city in Poland, is not only a dynamic economic centre, but also one of the most beautiful cities in Poland. Its cultural offerings can compete with that of other European metropolises. The city is one of the largest and most modern cities in Poland and at the same time one of the major tourist centres in the country. Over one thousand years of the city’s history is represented through numerous architectural monuments, and the city itself, located by the Odra River and its canals, is considered the most beautiful city in Poland.

For years Wrocław has also been a major cultural centre that hosted many artistic and sports events of international character. The city today is building on a long tradition as a venue for congresses, exhibitions and historically significant events. These large gatherings have sparked international interest in the city. They also spurred vast urban renewal projects that changed the city’s skyline and enriched its cultural and congress infrastructure. Wrocław is a vibrant centre of entertainment and culture. Multicultural heritage of the region combined with numerous unique natural and historic landmarks make for engaging and inspiring backdrops for a wide range of professional gatherings.

Wrocław is also a historic, lively centre where the past meets the present. The amazing Old Town, the heart of the city, is a place that barely ever goes to sleep. Stroll around the narrow streets to get a glimpse of the city’s spirit. Walk into one of the numerous restaurants, bars or cafes to taste our delicious cuisine. Want to do some shopping? Not a problem, you can find a shopping mall in almost every part of the city. All you have to do is enjoy your trip to Wrocław.

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