Congress Information

Congress Venue

Megaron Athens International Convention Centre

Megaron Athens International Conference Centre (MAICC), offers the finest facilities, stunning aesthetics and cutting-edge technology. A landmark in the centre of Athens, MAICC has a total offering of 143,000 square metres and a choice of 18 meeting spaces,combined with an expansive exhibition andfoyer areas totalling 12,000 square metres.The Centre’s total capacity is 6,000 Delegates,with the largest meeting room accommodating close to 2,000 people. Relay systems in the main auditoria allow for the transmission oflive sessions from one hall to another. Wireless Internet is available throughout the Centre.

Amongst the main auditoria are the Christos Lambrakis Hall (Friends of Music) (1,960 theatre style), the Alexandra Trianti Hall (1,500 theatre style), the Banqueting Hall, which is circular (650 theatre style), the Dimitris Mitropoulos Hall (450 theatre style) and the Nikos Skalkotas Hall (380 theatre style). These are complimented by a wide range of break-out rooms with capacities ranging from 25 to 180, depending on set-up style.

Banqueting space facilities are many and varied throughout the building. Major luxury hotels are in close proximity, many within walking distance, and the Centre is near major museums as well as fine shopping and dining areas.

The new Athens Metro has a station next to the Centre and it is a mere 35 minutes on a direct line to the Eleftherios Venizelos International Airport. This is complemented by car parking for 750 and a plethora of taxis, trams and buses directly outside the Centre.

Core Congress Dates

24-30 August 2019

The Opening Ceremony will take place at the Lambrakis Hall on Sunday, 25 August 2019.


IFLA will also hold a trade exhibition at the Megaron Athens International Conference Centre (MAICC) 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, 25 August 2019 until Wednesday, 28 August 2019. Final opening hours will be included in the Congress Programme.


IFLA offers a range of commercial sponsorship opportunities for IFLA WLIC 2019. 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:

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 before, during and after the Congress, where guests have the chance to visit Athens and Greece.
To learn more about the tours, have a look at:


For the last few years, Athens has been rising as Southern Europe’s most exciting city-break destination. Of course, the classic sights have drawn a crowd for centuries. But beyond the Acropolis and awe-inspiring antiquities, there are new cultural landmarks, a dynamic art and design scene, and a glittering coastline where urban regeneration projects are underway. The city’s appeal as a tourist destination is flourishing, thanks to new infrastructure and cultural attractions, an expanding transportation network, more green spaces, and the unification of the city’s main archaeological sites.

You can stroll along the cobblestone, pedestrian-only path that envelops Europe’s largest Archaeological Park for a close-up view of some of the world’s most significant ancient treasures, with first and foremost the Acropolis. Or you can choose to catch the tram to the coastline that stretches 120 kilometres for a walk or a swim along the Athens Riviera and beaches.

A unique combination of the old and the new set up against a spectacular Mediterranean landscape; a world-famous past, an exciting present. Ancient and brand new at the same time, Athens inspires and seduces its visitors, leaving its mark on their hearts and minds. Surrounded by a lining of stunning seas and mountains, this travel friendly city is filled with gems just waiting to be discovered.

Renowned archaeological sites; modern and classical art museums and galleries; opera houses; spas; elegant shops, restaurants and bars; street markets and bazaars; outdoor cinemas and 300 sun-drenched days are all to be found in Athens!

Athens has more than 275, 137 theatres, 67 cinemas, 50 museums, 2 concert halls, over 180 bars and 75 clubs. It also boasts an awardwinning airport (Athens International Airport) that, since its opening in 2001, has seen an annual growth of 7%, currently serving 80 international destinations.