Instituted in 1996, World Book and Copyright Day is celebrated each year on April 23rd as an occasion to pay tribute to this exceptional medium which promotes education, study and culture. The Day also highlights perspectives and challenges for authors and publishing. April 23rd is a symbolic date for world literature, for on this date in 1616, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Garcilaso de la Vega all died. Therefore, it was a na-tural choice for UNESCO’s General Conference to pay a world-wide tri-bute to books and authors on this date, encouraging everyone, and in particular young people, to discover the pleasure of reading and gain a renewed respect for the irreplaceable contributions of those who have furthered the social and cultural progress of humanity. The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) will hold its 75th General Conference and Assembly in Milan, Italy, from 23-27 August 2009. Founded in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1927, IFL today has 1700 Members in 150 countries around the world. Its headquarters are located in The Hague, the Netherlands. The Pontifical Biblical Institute (P.B.I.) is a university-level institution of the Holy See. It was established by Pope Pius X with the Apostolic Letter Vinea electa of 7 May 1909, in order to be “a center of higher studies for Sacred Scripture in the city of Rome to promote Biblical doctrine and all related studies according to the spirit of the Catholic Church”. From its foundation the Institute was entrusted to the Society of Jesus. The main location of the Pontifical Biblical Institute is in Rome, but there is also a branch in Jerusalem, which was started in 1927.