Library event

Library events are exactly what they sound like: TEDx events that are hosted at a library. They are usually recurring events, and offer a unique space to share the TED and TEDx spirit with your local community.

About this event type

A library event license follows the same format as the standard event license, except that this event is held at a local community library. These events are often recurring – this means they’re hosted weekly, monthly, or otherwise. You can also choose to feature local speakers and performers at your event.

Library events are often organized by staff at the library, and is an original way to share TED Talks and local speakers with your local community.

All TEDx rules apply to a library event license. The following also applies to library events:

Naming Your event

Your event should be named based on the city, neighborhood or street your event is located, followed by “Library”, like this: TEDx(LocationName)Library. If you already have a standard license, you should apply for that name but modify it by adding, "Library" (e.g., “TEDxAmsterdam” should apply for “TEDxAmsterdamLibrary”). Read more about the rules for naming your event.

Audience

Your audience is simply the people who live in the community where you’re holding your event. But we do recommend organizers carefully curate their audience, and select a diverse group of people who can contribute meaningfully to the conversation.

Size

Like standard TEDx events, library events can have up to 100 guests. Only individuals who have attended an official TED conference can organize an event with more than 100 attendees.

Theme

Your focus or theme should be multidisciplinary and broad, and address a variety of topics. If you decide to have speakers in addition to TED Talks, you’ll want to feature a diversity of speakers from across several disciplines, but who are primarily from the local community you’re serving. To get an idea of what you want the focus of your event to be, learn more about themes.

Duration

Library TEDx events can be as brief as a couple of hours, and up to one day in length.

Pricing

You may charge up to $100 USD per ticket to attendees, based upon TEDx ticket price approval.

Example events

TEDxJuneauLibrary is a monthly library event that takes place in the Downtown Public Library in Juneau, Alaska. Events are informal talk viewing parties open to the general public, and designed to introduce the community to the ideas that come out of TED and TEDx.