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Welcome to the Mortenson Center

Since the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs was founded in 1991, over 1,300 library professionals from 90 countries have participated in the Center's innovative programs. We also work with our librarian colleagues in countries around the world. 
Find out more on our  "About Us" page.

Libraries for Peace

The Mortenson Center invites libraries and librarians around the world to take part in our International Peace Day initiative. Visit the Libraries for Peace webpage ( to learn about what   libraries are doing to promote peace,   how they can initiate their own efforts, and   where these actions are taking place to discuss and share ideas of libraries and peacebuilding and to serve as an information hub for an international library celebration and action day for peace. 

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The mission of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs is to strengthen international ties among libraries and librarians worldwide for the promotion of international education, understanding, and peace.

Librarians from more than 90 countries have participated in professional development programs offered by the Mortenson Center, the only one of its kind in the world.


The Mortenson Center offers non-degree professional development programs for librarians from outside the United States. Working with international partners, we are involved in a variety of programs around the world.


Our partners assist in the development of self-sustaining centers for continuing education around the world. In collaboration with partnering organizations, we identify professional development needs, develop appropriate educational programs, and help find resources to sustain those programs. The Center often trains librarians from partner countries or regions through the Mortenson Center Associates Program.

Professional Development Programs

During the Center's professional development programs, international librarians are exposed to innovative services and best practices through visits to a variety of libraries, exposure to professional organizations and conferences, and workshops from experts in library and information science. The Mortenson Center Associates Program is our signature non-degree professional development program for librarians from outside the United States. Mortenson Associates benefit from the ability to network with a diverse group of librarians while exploring current issues and trends in the field.

Our programs would not be possible without the expertise and generosity of our colleagues at the University of Illinois University Library, the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science, and library and information science professionals throughout the United States.

Annual Mortenson Center Distinguished Lecture

The Center works to promote the work of international library and information science professionals through the Annual Mortenson Distinguished Lecture. Previous lecture topics have ranged from the social aspects of digital libraries to the role of libraries in supporting civil society.

Mortenson Center Evaluation

Arabella Advisors' evaluation of the Center's past 5 years of professional development programs in librarianship.