The European Library is a treasure trove for researchers

Our single search box allows you to freely explore millions of resources from leading national and research libraries across Europe.

We have more than 200 million resources waiting to be discovered. You can search over 24 million pages of full-text content, 18 million digital objects and 119 million bibliographic records within Europe.

These digital resources are supplied to us by our prestigious network of institutions, including 48 national libraries in Europe and an increasing number of research libraries, such as the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library.



Researchers can search within unique collections of works, for example, Reading Europe: European Culture Through the Book, Treasures from the National Libraries of Europe, Manuscripts and Princes in Medieval and Renaissance Europe, Travelling through History and more.

We also offer a subject-approach to content through the CERIF classification system allowing you to discover content by discipline. Filter your results by contributor, discipline, language, year of publication and more.

You can export records to popular reference management systems such as Mendeley and Zotero. Additionally, we provide enriched search results through partner organisations such as CORE - a large aggregator of several million Open Access publications. These services are available on any search results or records’ page of The European Library.

Register for free on our portal. If you register for free account as a user on our portal you will be able to re-use high-quality metadata for scientific purposes (i.e. data mining) by means of our API. The OpenSearch API allows you to develop applications to search and display the collections metadata and previews available on The European Library portal. The API also allows for filtered searches and a standard keyword search. 


The European Library importantly works to strengthen and support libraries across the continent. Member libraries benefit from a powerful, low-cost aggregation structure enabling a greater exposure of digital resources and bibliographic records.

Additionally, The European Library partakes in projects to create useful tools and a pan-European infrastructure for librarians and researchers. Examples of our many successful projects include EnumerateARROW and Europeana Newspapers. Our most recent project, Europeana Cloud (2013 – 2015), focuses on providing a cheaper, more sustainable cloud infrastructure capable of storing metadata and content for content providers and aggregators across the European information landscape.

Furthermore, we are the library aggregator for the Europeana cultural heritage website and hence the exclusive channel whereby libraries can further showcase their content online.

Should you wish to learn more about the many membership benefits for your library please visit our Membership page and fill out the Membership Form. 

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