Congress Information

Congress Location

Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre, Ahoyweg 10, 3084 BA Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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Congress Venue

The Rotterdam Ahoy

Whether it is a large international conference or a more intimate business meeting. The brand new Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre (RACC) can easily be equipped in any setting. The state-of-the-art congress centre combines 35 rooms, an impressive auditorium (RTM Stage) with 2,863 seats, beautiful foyers and exhibition spaces. The auditorium can even be expanded to an XL version for 4,000 but Ahoy is also perfect for smaller meetings The rooms on the second and third floors all vary in all different sizes. The RACC is directly connected to the exhibition and event halls and the Ahoy Arena to easily combining trade fairs with a conference. The convention centre has been designed to host the most diverse corporate events!

The Rotterdam Ahoy Convention Centre is located in the heart of Rotterdam South, south of the “Nieuwe Maas” river. The versatile conference location can easily be reached by car, bicycle and public transport. The conference centre is ideally located near the highways and is just on a 5 minutes walking distance from the Zuidplein bus and metro station. The international Rotterdam The Hague Airport is just a 25 minute drive while Amsterdam Schiphol Airport is on a 50 minutes driving distance. The RACC offers excellent connections no matter where your guests come from.

The hotel offer near the RACC is wide and diverse, allowing delegates to choose an accommodation that matches each taste or budget.

Rotterdam Ahoy is the place where many international artists have helt stage. The Ahoy venue was made legendary by Pink Floyd in 1971. This is a location with a story, great hospitality and a perfect combination of live entertainment and business.

Our location is closely connected to the Rotterdam city, a place of frontrunners and people who want to make a change. Entrepreneurship, innovation and experimentation are in the DNA of the city and its inhabitants.

Core Congress Dates

21-25 August 2023

The Opening Ceremony will take place on 21 August at 10:30 am on the RTM Stage.


IFLA will also hold a trade exhibition at the Ahoy Convention Centre in Hall 3.

In conjunction with the World Library and Information Congress. Attendees are invited to visit the exhibition, which will be open with an exhibition opening in the evening of Monday, 21 August, until Thursday, 24 August 2023. Final opening hours will be included in the technical Manual.


IFLA offers a range of commercial sponsorship opportunities for IFLA WLIC 2023. 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:

IFLA Congress Communication

IFLA will communicate news items through several channels before and during the Congress, such as IFLA-L, IFLA’s general discussion mailing list, and social media.

During the Congress, IFLA’s WLIC 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 Rotterdam and the Netherlands. More information regarding the tours will be available shortly.