World Library and Information Congress IFLA 2017
Welcome to the 83rd World Library and Information Congress in Wrocław, Poland, which will take place from 19-25 August 2017.
The Centennial Hall, is generally considered to be one of the most significant works of the 20th century architecture. Designed by eminent architect Max Berg, it was constructed in 1913 on the occasion of the international exhibition organized on the 100th anniversary of the manifesto “To My People” issued by Prussian King Frederick – Wilhelm III that called for a broad, common struggle against Napoleon. Nowadays, it is a venue where conferences, congresses, concerts, great operatic performances, trade-fairs and prestigious sporting events are held.
The Centennial Hall was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2006. This crucial, internationally important architectural project was valued for improving and evolving the use of ferroconcrete in architecture. When completed, the Centennial Hall was the biggest European structure of this form and one of the turning points in reinforcing building structures with steel. Undoubtedly it is one of the most important works in 20th century architecture.
The Centennial Hall complex consists of the historical Pergola, the lush Japanese Garden, Poland’s largest multimedia fountain and the Discovery Center of the Centennial Hall. When making a visit to the Centennial Hall it is also recommended to take a walk through the picturesque landscape of the Szczytnicki Park. The Hall can bring a range of distinctive and exceptional emotions. As an historic monument and taciturn witness of the past, the Hall welcomes novelty, youth and technology. Become a witness of exceptional events at this magnificent historical structure.
19-25 August 2017
The Opening Ceremony and the Exhibition Reception will take place at the Centennial Hall on Sunday, 20 August 2017.
IFLA will also hold a trade exhibition at the Centennial Hall 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, 20 August 2017 until Wednesday, 23 August 2017. Final opening hours will be included in the Congress Programme.
Wrocław Copernicus Airport (IATA: WRO), with its modern terminal opened in 2012, is located ten kilometers from the historical city centre. Wrocław Airport connects the city with major European transfer hubs (Frankfurt, Munich, Warsaw, Copenhagen) and with many other places in Europe.
For more information please visit: www.airport.wroclaw.pl
Bus No.106 goes to/from the Central Railway/Bus Station everyday, every 20 minutes. The entire journey takes approximately 30 minutes (depending on the traffic).
Night bus line No. 249, goes from the city centre through the airport to Jarnołtów district, three times during the night. A one-way ticket from the airport to the city centre costs 3 PLN.
See the detailed timetable: www.wroclaw.pl.
The easiest way to get from the airport to the city centre is by taxi. The distance from the airport to the city centre is approximately 10 km and takes about 20–30 minutes (depending on the traffic).
Airport – City Centre – 45-70 PLN, Airport – Main Railway Station – 50-60 PLN.
It is advised to always ask the driver in advance about the price.
* Day rate. Prices may slightly vary depending on traffic difficulties (jams, detours, etc.). Night rate according to taximeter.
It is possible to rent a car at the airport. Car rental desks are in the arrival hall, free access area. The companies are: Avis, Europcar, Hertz, Sixt, Budget, Enterprise, Awos, Panek, Express.
You may change your money in various locations throughout the city. You can also find the exchange office at the airport, in the arrival hall. Most of the banks and hotels usually provide exchange services, but there are a lot of exchange offices in the city centre, and it is hard to miss them. Banks and exchange offices are usually open from 08:00 to at least 17:00, but in most tourist places the exchange offices operate until late hours. Please remember that an ATM is also a good solution to get some Polish Złoty (PLN).
Wrocław is the warmest city in Poland. The average temperature in August is around 19 degrees Celsius, usually with sunny daytime, but nevertheless some rainy days may be expected. August is the middle of the Polish summer, so some hot days may be expected as well.
The city of Wrocław, which in 2016 was the host of the European Capital of Culture, is one of the most interesting cultural spots in Central Europe. With numerous venues and a variety of events, the city offers attractions for representatives of every generation.
The best proof of a thriving cultural climate is the honour to be the host of the 2016 European Capital of Culture, which is one of the most important events in the post-war history of the city. The cultural offer of Wrocław includes around 70 festivals — music festivals, film festivals, theatre festivals and festivals combining different kinds of art. Enthusiasts of the fine arts may be interested in exquisite interiors of numerous museums and galleries. One of the most unique exhibitions is Panorama Racławicka — a huge battle painting for which a special rotunda building was erected.
The Market Square is the heart of the city that throbs with life at any time of day or night. It is one of the biggest urban-planning undertakings of this type in Europe. The Town Hall, located in the middle of the Market Square, is a unique monument of gothic and renaissance architecture. Inside the Town Hall, the former seat of the city authorities, Museum of Townspeople’s Art is located. Before dusk falls and we succumb to the charms of the city’s night-life, which is extremely varied on the Market Square, you should see other museums located around the city centre.
The oldest part of Wrocław. Surrounded by waters of the Odra River, the former stronghold, which fathered the city, is composed of beautiful architectural monuments. The most grandiose amongst them are gothic St. John the Baptist’s Cathedral and Holy Cross Church that were restored after the War. There is also the Archdiocesan Museum, the oldest museum in Wrocław to have maintained continuity – it has been gathering sacral art‘s relics that, withdrawn from cult use, have great historical and artistic value.
The Quarter of Four Denominations is part of the historic Old Town. Its unique character is decided by the magnificent monuments of sacral architecture. Within a distance of only 300 metres, there are: Orthodox Cathedral of the Birth of the Most Holy Mother of God, St. Anthony of Padua Church – Roman Catholic temple, the White Stork Synagogue and the Protestant-Augsbourg Divine Providence Church. In 2005, the temples were joined with a cultural path, and the area in which they are situated was included in the regional development plan.
The National Forum of Music is a state-of-the-art multifunctional concert venue located in the historic centre of Wrocław. It hosts world-famous orchestras and concerts, providing splendid experiences for both eyes and ears. Have a look at their schedule for 2017 at: www.nfm.wroclaw.pl
The Zoological Garden in Wrocław opened its gates to visitors for the very first time on 10 July 1865. The tragic history of the town was shared by the history of this zoo, which needed to be temporarily closed twice due to damage sustained during world wars. As the oldest zoo in Poland, it is a unique site to see the 19th century zoo buildings (i.e., Bear Castle dating from 1864) and very old tree stands. The recently opened Afrykarium is a world scale unique facility presenting African water ecosystems and is the main attraction of the zoo, while equally new “Odrarium” presents the fauna of our river. Wrocław Zoo now houses more than 8,000 animals representing over 1,080 species. For more information, please visit:
The currency of Poland: Polish Złoty (zł, PLN)
Currency subunit: Grosz 1/100 (100 groszy = 1 PLN)
Approximate exchange rates:
1 EUR = 4.30 PLN
1 USD = 3.86 PLN
1 CHF = 3.90 PLN
1 GBP = 5.50 PLN
ATM’s are available 24/7 at most banks. Your bank must be part of a worldwide ATM network (ie. Plus, Cirrus, Exchange, Accel) to be able to withdraw money. The ATM fees assessed will be correlated to your respective bank policy on foreign exchange and cash advances based upon your bank card agreement. Some bank policies allow reimbursement of ATM fees, so it is best to consult your agreement for fee details.
The voltage in Poland is 220-240 Volts. Primary socket type: Europlug, Schuko.
In order to report information regarding an incident, it is necessary to:
The most important alarm telephone numbers:
Wrocław is one of the most attractive cities in Poland when talking about dining. A variety of restaurants offering Polish and European cuisine will satisfy the most demanding critics. You will easily find them in the Old Town area where majority of hotels are located. However, all other districts have got a number of restaurants from which to choose. Have a walk around the Market Square and surrounding streets and you will find something suitable for yourself at reasonable prices. Please have a look at the TripAdvisor restaurants section about Wrocław to get some tips.
Wrocław has a fine public health system with a number of hospitals located within the city. There is also plenty of pharmacies where delegates can buy medicines which do not require a prescription. Please note that visitors should have their own medical insurance in order to avoid high medical bills after visiting a hospital.
Wrocław‘s tap water is safe to drink, however, most restaurants serve bottled water. All of the catering services, pubs and restaurants are regularly checked by local authorities in order to meet worldwide safety standards.
The registration fee does not include the provision of insurance of participants against personal accidents, illness, cancellation, theft, property loss or damage. Participants are advised to have adequate personal travel insurance. No responsibility will be accepted by the Congress Organizers.
Most of the restaurants, hotels and tourist centres have free Wi-Fi for their guests. In the most popular places such as the Market Square, free City Internet is available. Please remember that you might need an adaptor in order to charge your phone or laptop. And of course there is free wi-fi in the entire Congress venue.
The official language is Polish. In main tourist attractions you will find English and German signage and guides. Most of the people speak English, so you should not experience too many communication problems. If any interpretation will be needed, please contact Convention Bureau Wrocław for advice:
There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance from the venue, especially around pl. Grunwaldzki (Grunwaldzki Square) which is one of the most vibrant academic and business centres of the city, and is only 5 minutes away from the Congress Centre. Please ask our Congress volunteers for directions.