ACURIL originated as part of a movement for Caribbean cooperation at the university level, was initiated in the late 1960s by the Association of Universities and Research Institutions of the Caribbean (UNICA). UNICA recognized the need for close cooperation among university and research libraries in the region and sponsored, along with the University of Puerto Rico and its Institute of Caribbean Studies, the first conference of librarians in the region's university and research libraries in 1969.
ACURIL membership is comprised of the states and nations in the Caribbean and bordering on the Gulf of Mexico. There are three official languages for the conference: English, Spanish, and French. Our annual attendance includes participants from across the Caribbean, the Americas, and Europe. This year, the conference is hosted in the United States for the first time in 14 years.