Library and Information Week 2020


About Library and Information Week

Library and Information Week (LIW) and National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS), which falls in the middle of the week, have been fixtures in the Australian library calendar for more than 20 years, but in 2020, with the impact of COVID-19, they’re going to be a little bit different.

The theme for 2020 is Create, which showcases all the ways that libraries and library and information professionals create through their work and support their patrons to create. However, the manner in which this support occurs has had to alter as physical events and displays are out of the window. You can see suggested online activities below.?

Once again we have merchandise for the week and free downloadable resources.? ?


Library and Information Week provides the community with the opportunity to:

  • Learn about the range of services that your library offers.?
  • Recognise the vital role which libraries and information services play for research and education.
  • Recognise the contribution of specialist libraries for the work outcomes in corporations, government departments, hospitals and other institutions.
  • Debate our information future and the government's approach to it.
  • Emphasise the significance of libraries in the maintenance of our history and culture at community and national levels.
  • Recognise the importance of library and information services as providers of services for people who may otherwise be disadvantaged by their lack of access to information and services.
  • Consider the role which libraries play in our local community, work, and personal life.

?Get Involved


Library and Information Week, is held during the last week of May each year. This year Library and Information Week takes place from 25–31 May 2020. We are excited to announce that the theme for Library and Information Week 2020 is Create.?

Monday 25 May??Launch day?– You can start creating activities for your users that will run across the entire week.?

Tuesday 26 May?–?National Library and Information Technicians' Day?–?This is the day to celebrate the great work that library technicians do and to gain a better understanding of their role in libraries we have created some free Library Technicians' Day stickers that you can download in the resources section.?

Wednesday 27 May?–?National Simultaneous Storytime?– at 11am participants across Australia and New Zealand will read online?Whitney and Britney Chicken Divas?written and illustrated by Lucinda Gifford and published by Scholastic Australia.?

Thursday 28 May??Libraries celebrate Cancer Council's Biggest Morning Tea?–? host a virtual morning tea and help raise money for this important cause

Friday 29 May?–?ALIA Day?– spread the love and let users and other LIS professionals know the good work that ALIA does, including Library and Information Week!


Create online

Library and Information Week will be celebrated online due to COVID-19. As a part of the campaign you can engage in the week-long social media celebrations, where each day is themed.

You can join the webinar on 5 May 2020 to learn some social media tips and tricks before the week. Register to attend the webinar today.?

The themes are as follows:

  • Monday 25 May Connections
  • Tuesday 26 May Inspiration
  • Wednesday 27 May Disruption
  • Thursday 28 May Skills
  • Friday 29 May Wildcard Day (show us what you create)
  • Saturday 30 may Characters
  • Sunday 31 May Fun?


Suggested activities

To help celebrate Library and Information Week 2020, ALIA has created a list of suggested online activities for you or your library to run.

  • Host a virtual storytime,? ALIA has negotiated an agreement with the Australian Publishers Association and Australian Society of Authors to suspend copyright for the duration specifically to enable public libraries to record or livestream storytime using children’s picture books. You can gain inspiration from other public ibraries which have hosted virtual storytimes.?
  • You could curate a collection of arts, crafts and hobbies ebooks, specially geared to reusing common household items, discovering latent talents, or to growing your own vegetables.
  • Promote your online resources, your ebooks, digital magazines and movies. Challenge your users create at home and send them to your library via email or on social media.?
  • Host an online book club for the week and encourage your patrons to join.?
  • For families stuck at home, you could create a library board game, featuring all the amazing resources and spaces they will be able to access when the lockdown ends – and this could be the perfect time to do some research on family history, if your library’s local history collection is online.
  • Use your library Facebook page to showcase local authors, artists or singers and run a competition for amateur artists, writers, performers to share their work.
  • If you’re in an academic, research or special library, demonstrate your expertise by creating a COVID-19 literature review or library guide.
  • And any library can suggest to patrons that they create an idea to celebrate the reopening of the library space and the return to normal services – with the knowledge that the new normal may well be a digitally-enhanced version.

Merchandise and Resources





Media Resources

This resource?is designed to help you get the best publicity and media coverage for your Library and Information Week online events in the lead up to the 2020 event.

Previous Library and Information Week Events

Australian Library Week was first celebrated in 1968 under the auspices of the Australian Library Promotion Council. The Council folded in the late 1980s. After an intermission of some years, the Australian Library and Information Association assumed responsibility for Australian Library Week and activities and promotion of the event have steadily gained momentum.

In 2000, the name of the week was changed to?Library and Information Week?to reflect the broader coverage of the sector represented by the Library and Information Association. Library and Information Week will promote all types of library and information services, the expertise and skills of the profession, and the key issues that need to be addressed to secure access to information.

Previous?Library and Information Week?themes have included:

  • 2019–Truth, Integrity, Knowledge
  • 2018–Find yourself in a library
  • 2017–Celebrate
  • 2016–Discover More
  • 2015–Imagine
  • 2014–Join the Dots
  • 2013–Share your story
  • 2012–Think Outside the Book
  • 2011–Libraries: We Find Stuff!
  • 2010–Access All Areas
  • 2009–Libraries your passport to discovery!
  • 2008–Libraries are for Everyone
  • 2007–Linking People with Ideas
  • 2006–Linking People with Ideas @your library
  • 2005–Posters themes: 'feeding hungry young minds', 'most user friendly search engine', 'what's on your librarians mind?'
  • 2004–Down and Loaded
  • 2003–Power your Mind
  • 2002–Libraries Change Lives
  • 2001–Libraries Information Matters and Libraries Knowledge Outlook
  • 2000–Here for the Long Run
  • 1999–Libraries: Explore and Discover
  • 1998–Pathways to Knowledge
  • 1997–Libraries: a Web of Information

Wrap up

Check out some of the?2019?highlights here.?

We'd love to see what you, your library or community are up to for Library and Information Week 2020. Send in your videos, photos and stories of how you celebrated Library and Information Week to or use the hashtags #LIW2020 on social media.?