Congress Venue

Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre

The award-winning purpose-built Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre is Malaysia’s premier facility known for its highly knowledgeable and professional team committed to delivering flexible, innovative and value-add solutions, customized for clients, in a strategically located, well-maintained and world-class venue. Asia’s one and only AIPC (International Association of Congress Centers) Gold Stand-ard Venue, the Centre offers 22,659m² of flexible function space, including two auditoria; 3000-seat Plenary Hall and Plenary Theatre for 470; a Grand Ballroom which seats 2,000 diners, Banquet Hall for 500, three Conference Halls, 12,310m² of column-free exhibition halls including a 2,600m² standalone marquee and 23 meeting rooms.

Overlooking the iconic PETRONAS Twin Towers and the 50-acre KLCC Park, the Centre is sited right in the heart of the Kuala Lumpur City Centre (KLCC), a 100-acre ‘city within a city’ development, where delegates and visitors attending events at the Centre are spoilt for choice given the varied and exciting range of recreational, entertainment, food & beverage and accommodation options, with over 25,000 hotel rooms (budget to 5-star properties) within walking distance. The precinct infrastructure also provides excellent accessibility and connectivity, with the majority of attractions within a comfortable 5 to 10-minute walk via covered air-conditioned walkways from the Centre.

Core Congress Dates

24-30 August 2018

The Opening Ceremony will take place at the Plenary Hall on Saturday, 25 August 2018, and not on Sunday as in previous editions of the Congress.


IFLA will also hold a trade exhibition at the Exhibition Halls 1 & 2 in conjunction with the World Library and Information Congress. Attendees are invited to visit the exhibition which will be open from the afternoon of Sunday, 26 August 2018 until Tuesday, 28 August 2018. Final opening hours will be included in the Congress Programme.


IFLA offers a range of commercial sponsorship opportunities for IFLA WLIC 2018. These can be booked online via the Exhibition and Sponsorship Ordering System (ESOS®). For further information regarding sponsorship and exhibition opportunities, please contact the Congress Secretariat: [email protected].

Congress Material

Congress material will be available for collection onsite at the Congress bag desk in the Registration Area.

IFLA Congress Communication

IFLA will communicate news items through several channels before and during the Congress, such as the IFLA Mailing List, a Pre-Congress Newsletter and social media. During the Congress Facebook will be the main channel for Congress news:

Please be aware that you do not need a Facebook account to be able to read the posts.

Congress Tours

A selected company will offer tours during and after the Congress, where guests to have the chance to visit Kuala Lumpur and Malaysia. More information will be published at a later stage.

Kuala Lumpur / Malaysia

Welcome to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia’s dazzling capital city. Kuala Lumpur or KL is a modern metropolis amidst colourful cultures. As one of the most vibrant cities in Asia, possesses a distinct and charming character. Visitors will be greeted by Petronas Twin Towers, a world-renowned icon of the country. The cityscape is a contrast of the old and new, with Moorish styled building standing alongside glittering skyscrapers. This modern city has world-class accommodation facilities and is the venue for prestigious international events. Enjoy the sights and sounds of KL – fascinating culture, exciting places of interest, well-preserved heritage sites and great themed attractions. Added with year-round events and festivals, irresistible shopping opportunities and delicious food, KL is a destination that is not-to-be-missed.

There’s so much to see and do in KL! The city abounds with architectural marvels, landscaped parks, pre-war buildings and many other exciting attractions. Most places can be accessed via KL’s well-developed transportation network or the KL Hop-On Hop-Off coach tours. KL is one of the leading shopping hubs in the region. Browse through the swanky malls, high-end boutiques, duty free outlets and bustling street bazaars for a range of irresistible goods. Connoisseurs of the arts and crafts will find a wide selection of places to pursue their passion. The city’s museums, memorials and art galleries showcase a captivating collection of objects d’art and paintings. Special events such as the 1Malaysia Contemporary Art Tourism Festival is an excellent platform to view exquisite art pieces.

KL’s long and colourful history has left a legacy of heritage sites which bear the stamp of various foreign influences. The main heritage zones in the city are Merdeka Square, Market Square, Chinatown (Petaling Street) and Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman. A number of sites can be accessed by the tour bus, cycle tours or even a horse carriage ride. In multiracial KL, colourful festivals and cultural celebrations abound all year round. Major events to look out for are the Federal Territory Day, National Day, The Birthday of His Majesty The King of Malaysia and national Open House celebrations. KL’s nightlife is as vivid and diverse as its cultural attractions. Chic bistros and watering holes offer a wide spectrum of styles and settings for the party crowd to chill out. Take your pick from the nightspots that belt out Latin, techno, R & B, reggae, retro or groovy tunes and beats. Join the urbanites and expatriates to unwind in KL!