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BID's Partner Country Programme

Every three years, BID chooses a partner country with the aim of strengthening relations between the professional community in the partner country and the German library community.

During the German Library Congresses, which BID organises every three years, the foreign library scene is represented as "guest of honour" or partner country. This is, when Each "partner country round" starts for three years until a new partner country will be nominated for the next congress.

Denmark was the first partner country in 2007, followed by Spain in 2010, Turkey in 2013 and the USA since 2016. From 2019, the new partner country is the Netherlands.

The aim of the program is to offer both existing cooperations and new bilateral initiatives in form of various events during this period, which focus on professional exchange. A commitee of German and Dutch colleagues is already working on these objectives.


The current Partner Country Round is supervised by a working group set up especially for this purpose, which includes not only BII but also delegates from the Goethe-Institut and other partners. This committee is coordinated by the International Cooperation Division of the Competence Network for Libraries.

Are you interested in bilateral librarian dialogue? Then we are looking forward to hearing from you.