Become a Sister Library

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Each Sister Library relationship is unique.  Once two libraries decide to partner, they establish the level of commitment that they are both comfortable with; the partnership can be as formal or informal as desired. 


Promote awareness of libraries and their international reach.

Improve access to published information in both countries.

Raise awareness of issues and needs facing libraries in various countries.

Offer opportunities to learn more about a region or country represented by an immigrant group in your community.

Share techniques and technologies to help solve problems.

Broaden both your own and your staff’s view of the library profession.

Increase staff and community knowledge of other cultures.

Share information, resources, expertise, and training between libraries.



  1. First, read our checklist, which will help you plan and think about your goals for a Sister Library partnership.  We strongly recommend doing this before contacting a potential library.
  2. Get tips on how to find a Sister Library.
  3. Browse Libraries Seeking Sisters” list of libraries seeking a Sister Library partnership.  If you wish to be added to the list so that a potential Sister Library can find you, complete this form:  Add Me to the List of Sister Libraries Seeking Partners.
  4. Explore more ideas about library partnerships.

We are always interested in hearing new suggestions. Email them to

For More Information: 
American Library Association
International Relations Office
Telephone: 800-545-2433, ext. 3201
Fax: 312-280-4392