Loan Service of the Exhibition "The World through Picture Books -Librarians' favourite books from their country"

The International Library of Children's Literature (ILCL) offers a loan service of the exhibition titled "The World through Picture Books – Librarians' favourite books from their country."

These books were collected through "The World through Picture Books" project (link to IFLA website) led by IFLA section Libraries for Children and Young Adults with the aim of making a book set of picture books recommended by librarians from around the world.
The book set in Japan is available for loan free of charge to libraries in Japan, Asian and Oceanic countries.

The World through Picture Books -Librarians' favourite books from their country

The contents of the exhibition set

  • 365 picture books selected by librarians from 43 countries and regions
  • a multilingual catalogue "The World Through Picture Books"
  • a list of books

* The picture books can be exhibited for free access under the monitoring by the staff.


  • national or local government organizations
  • public organizations that wish to hold an exhibition open to the public
  • one or two organizations per year
  • Those who are able to fulfill the conditions:
    Conditions (PDF:134KB)


  • one month (excluding the period of transportation)


  • the cost of return shipping only (no booking fees)


  • The exhibition set is packed in six or seven boxes.
    • Size of each box: 34*55.5*35cm
    • Weight of each box: approx. 20kg
  • The exhibition set must be sent back via air mail.
  • The borrower must bear the cost of insurance for the declared value of 2€ per book.


  • In principal, applications should be made before October of the previous Japanese fiscal year (from April 1st to March 31st).
  • Please send an email to ml-iflaat k o d o m o dot g o dot j p with the following information
    • 1) Organization name
    • 2) Postal address
    • 3) Contact email address
    • 4) Contact name
    • 5) Desired loan period (within 1 month, excluding the period of transportation. Up to three choices)
    • 6) Official homepage address or other information about your organization and activities (if any)
    • 7) Purpose of the exhibition

Loan Records

* Find pictures of the past exhibitions from IFLA Libraries for Children and Young Adults Section facebook page (link to Facebook website).

  • FY2019
    • Macau Library and Information Management Association (Macau, China)
  • FY2014
    • Gosford City Library (Gosford, Australia)
  • FY2013
    • National Library for Children and Young Adults (Seoul, Korea)
    • Subong Library (Incheon, Korea)


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