International Library Leaders Programme

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An intensive five-day leadership course for library and archive professionals

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Programme dates: 18–22 July 2022

About the programme

An incredible opportunity to join an intimate group of international library professionals and go behind the scenes at our iconic institution, meet our experts and learn from their experiences of dealing with the challenges facing libraries today.

During this intensive week-long programme you will:

  • attend an exclusive session on library leadership and management with our Chief Librarian
  • discover how our expert curators use library collections to engage with researchers and broader audiences
  • learn how we design and manage digitisation projects
  • find out how we care for our physical and digital collections
  • visit our the storage facilities in Boston Spa, Yorkshire
  • meet peers from around the world to share and discuss key issues in contemporary collection management through a series of workshops, case study reviews and focus groups.

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Who is it for?

Working library professionals, aspiring leaders and mid-career managers with a minimum of three years’ relevant experience in a library, archive or cultural institution. We welcome delegates from anywhere in the world.

Hear what previous delegates had to say about the programme.

Where and when

The programme runs from 1822 July 2022. Sessions take place at the British Library in London and Boston Spa in Yorkshire.


The programme fee is £1,990 per person, which includes all course materials, refreshments and lunch during the five days and return transport to the Library’s Boston Spa site in Yorkshire. The fee does not include travel costs to and from the UK, accommodation costs or any other expenses. 

Entry requirements

We seek applicants from a wide range of roles across libraries and archives worldwide. We are looking for professionals who are keen to gain an insight into how a national library functions. You’ll be taken behind the scenes and see the huge breadth and variety of operations that take place each day to maintain a public-facing library, open to everyone. Applicants are encouraged to exchange knowledge with their peers around the future of libraries, and those with a collaborative outlook will benefit most from this programme.

How to apply

You can apply for the International Library Leaders Programme online through the Google Form or by completing the application form and emailing it to with the subject line ‘ILLP 2022 application.

The deadline for applications is 12.00 GMT on 14 March 2022. Successful applicants will be notified by 1 April 2022.

Useful information

Our priority is the safety of our visitors and staff. We’re following UK Government COVID-19 guidance. We may include social distancing throughout the programme and revise our course instruction methods to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

We will be monitoring the situation continually and reserve the right to change or cancel the programme at any point if necessary, or if circumstances arise that are outside of our control, including, but not limited to, an insufficient number of applications, or in order to comply with updated Government COVID-19 guidance. In the event that the programme is postponed or cancelled by us due to COVID-19 restrictions, delegates will be invited to register for a later date or to arrange a refund of the fees paid. However, we are not responsible for any visa fees, travel or any other costs that may have been incurred.

Download the programme brochure.

Please read the Background Information and Terms and Conditions Word documents and indicate that you have read and agreed to the Terms and Conditions when submitting your application.