International Games Week October 29 – November 4


2016 International Games Day Participants (updated 7/6/16)

International Games Day is an initiative run by volunteers from around the world and supported by the American Library Association's Games and Gaming Round Table, in collaboration with Nordic Game Day and the Australian Library and Information Association, to reconnect communities through their libraries around the educational, recreational, and social value of all types of games.

It is completely free to participate! In fact, it is cheaper than free, because after registering you stand a chance to get free donations for your library, and this site hosts a free press kit with press release templates and posters.

You can register for IGD 2016 here.

In the 21st century, libraries are about much more than books. On Saturday, November 18, 2017, more than two thousand libraries around the world will showcase gaming programs and services in support of IGD17.

This year marks our 9th annual event!

Gaming of all types at the library encourages young patrons to interact with a diverse group of peers, share their expertise with others (including adults), and develop new strategies for gaming and learning. Plus, it's a way for traditionally underserved groups to have fun in the library and interact with other members of the community. International Games Day @ Your Library is a great opportunity for families to get out of the house and play together in the one community institution that welcomes everyone.

Libraries that want to participate in this year's event need to register online in order to participate in the international events (Minecraft Hunger Games and/or Global Gossip Game), receive free donations (while available), and appear on the international map of participating locations.

Who creates this event each year?
International Games Day is run by volunteers from the three following organizations.

American Library Association
The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 55,000 members. Its mission is to promote the highest quality library and information services and public access to information. For more information on the American Library Association please visit

Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT)
The Games and Gaming Round Table (GameRT) of the American Library Association provides a venue for librarians interested in the use of games and gaming in libraries of all types a place to gather and share. GameRT was formed in 2011, replacing and extending the pre-existing gaming member interest group. As a round table, GameRT is built around our shared passion for games and the use of gaming within libraries. With members from all types of libraries, GameRT encompasses a wide variety of viewpoints, situations, and user types.

Australian Library and Information Association
The Australian Library and Information Association is the national professional organisation for the Australian library and information services sector. Together we seek to empower the profession through the development, promotion and delivery of quality library and information services to the nation, through leadership, advocacy, and mutual professional support. For more information on the Australian Library and Information Association please visit

Nordic Game Day
Nordic Game Day 2015 is a cooperation between the Nordic Libraries working with computer games and the Nordic Game Institute. The goal is to have public libraries all over the Nordic region put extra focus on games as a medium – both physical board games and digital games – for just one day. This is to show the patrons and the world that games are an established medium that belongs in the libraries now and in the future. For more information about Nordic Game Day please visit

L’Associazione Italiana Biblioteche
The Italian professional librarian association with the goal of promoting library services and recognition of the library profession in Italy.
International Games Day Italia

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    1. When will the registration be up for this year? I clicked the hyperlink and it was not working. Thanks!

    2. Is this event always on the third Saturday in November? We would like to get it onto our calendar for 2015!

    3. Hi – There seems to be something wrong with the registration url.

      Got this message when I tried the link on this page :

      Uh oh, bitly couldn’t find a link for the bitly URL you clicked.

      Most bitly URLs are 4-6 characters, and only include letters and numbers (and are case sensitive)



      • Hi Susan!

        Thanks so much for letting us know – that’s really bizarre. Somehow the “i” in igd14 had become a “1” in the HTML of the link – even though the text was correct. (Obviously it’s fixed now!) I take full responsibility, but I have to say, I have no idea how it happened – if it had been a manual link I could understand it, but it’s a link autogenerated from a 100% correct URL text!

        On the offchance anyone who’s already tried to register has come across the same glitch, I’d love to hear whether anyone else has had this problem – and how far back it goes… hopefully not far!

        Thanks again!

    4. At my last library a few years ago, and what I’m planning to do this year at my new library, I’ve held “National Gaming Day” events with board, card, and Wii gaming. Is it okay to do that without being tied in to the online portions? [do not have the capability to do the online]

    5. Is there a set number of hours for this event or is it up to each library? I have a few questions on how the tournament portion of this will work.

    6. Is there a specific game being highlighted this year? A few years ago, it was Wits and Wagers and my family still enjoy this game.

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    8. We didn’t register in time for the national competition; we can’t do Mario Bros. anyway, but we could reserve 2 of our Internet computers for Frogger. Is there anyway to join in the competition at this point?


    9. Mary Beth, this is fine, as long as you tie your event to National Gaming Day and fill out the evaluation survey to report your participation numbers. Thanks for joining in!


    10. Our library isn’t open on Saturday, but I would like to participate on Wednesday as a pre National Gaming Day event. Would that be okay?

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