Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation (PAC)

The IFLA Strategic Programme on Preservation and Conservation (PAC) has one major goal: to ensure that library and archive materials, published and unpublished, in all formats, will be preserved in accessible form for as long as possible according to the following principles:

  • preservation is essential to the survival and development of culture and scholarship;
  • international cooperation is a key principle;
  • each country must accept responsibility for the preservation of its own publications.

Our key resource towards achieving this goal is IFLA's sixteen Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Centres, hosted by libraries around the globe. 

How do the PAC Centres work? 

Each centre is independent and acts according to the priorities identified in its geographical and expertise area. They comply with the objectives of PAC Strategic Programme and maintain cooperation with other Centres through various activities (publications, seminars, conferences, etc.).

Learn more about the PAC Centres and explore Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) concerning their areas of expertise here: IFLA Preservation and Conservation: Frequently Asked Questions

How do the Centres work with IFLA's Professional Units? 

IFLA's cultural heritage Professional Units are in regular communication with the PAC Centres through the Cultural Heritage Advisory Committee. This allows for collaboration opportunities to be identified and joint projects to be planned. 

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PAC (Preservation and Conservation), Strategic Programmes

Last update: 9 June 2021

Latest News

PAC Cameroon to host conference linking documentary heritage preservation with peacebuilding, with support from UNESCO’s Participation Programme

IFLA’s Preservation and Conservation (PAC) Centre hosted at the International Center for Research and Documentation on African Languages and Traditions (CERDOTOLA) will deliver an international conference on the topic, “Conservation and preservation of documentary heritage in Central Africa: pillars of reconciliation and peacebuilding”.

21 July 2021

PAC Sri Lanka Publishes a New Report on Best Practices for the Conservation of Palm-Leaf Manuscripts

PAC Sri Lanka has published a new Report detailing best practices for the conservation of Palm-Leaf Manuscripts.

18 June 2021

Looking Ahead: Outcomes of the 8th Session of the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005 Convention) held their biannual meeting last week. IFLA attended as an observer, underlining the importance of showing culture's contribution to development, and promoting equitable access for all.

7 June 2021