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Since the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs was founded in 1991, over 1,300 library professionals from 90 countries have participated in the Center's innovative programs. We also work with our librarian colleagues in countries around the world. 
Find out more on our  "About Us" page.

Libraries for Peace

The Mortenson Center invites libraries and librarians around the world to take part in our International Peace Day initiative. Visit the Libraries for Peace webpage ( to learn about what   libraries are doing to promote peace,   how they can initiate their own efforts, and   where these actions are taking place to discuss and share ideas of libraries and peacebuilding and to serve as an information hub for an international library celebration and action day for peace. 

2017 Associates Program


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Past Programs

Mortenson Center Associates Program

"Building Sustainable Libraries" - May 24-June 20, 2017

Application Deadline: December 2, 2016

The 2017 Mortenson Center Associates Program will offer individuals working in a library setting outside the United States an opportunity to explore current issues and trends in the library field and to engage with librarians implementing cutting-edge programs and services.

Program participants will learn about novel and inventive practices and services in areas such as:

2017 Program Highlights

View the 2016 Program Schedule (PDF) or the 2016 Activities At-a-Glance (PDF)

Application Requirements

Application Form 

Option 1: Online application form forthcoming. 

Option 2:  To submit a written application, click for WORD or PDFPlease submit application with supplemental materials to the following email:

Program Size

Although we receive many requests from professionals to participate in Mortenson Center programs, we accept no more than 12-15 participants at one time.

Program Dates

This year's program will begin and end in Champaign, IL.

Participants should plan to arrive in Champaign, Illinois' Willard Airport on May 24, 2017. Program activities will begin on May 24, 2017.

The last day of program activities will be June 20, 2017. Participants should plan to depart from Champaign, Illlinois on June 21, 2017.