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The European Library and Science 2.0

The European Library was one of 498 respondents to the European Commission's public consultation on Science 2.0. The Chair of The European Library Board, Bas Savenije, took part in a validation workshop in Madrid on 4th December. The audience comprised major publishers, including Elsevier and Taylor & Francis. Libraries were represented by LIBER and The European Library.

The European Library Open Dataset presented to the Library Semantic Web Community
The European Library Open Dataset (now comprising over 82 million bibliographical records and 3,5 billion triples) was presented at SWIB14 receiving very positive and motivating feedback.
Searching through historic newspapers from 23 European countries
As part of the Europeana Newspapers project, The European Library developed a historic newspapers browser that enables users to perform full-text searches in millions of historic newspaper pages
Danish culture and history world-range

Many of the collections of The National Library of Denmark are available via The European Library Portal. This includes extensive collections of manuscripts, books, newspapers, pictures, maps, music, theatre, drama texts and many other materials mostly published in the present-day Denmark as well as in countries and regions that have belonged to the Danish crown.

Library resources for supporting Digital Humanities research: reporting from CENDARI workshop

Library collections were presented to history scholars and data experts working with The European Library in the CENDARI project, which is building a virtual research environment for the study of Medieval and Modern History.

Research Libraries UK Conference 2014

The RLUK Conference takes place between 12th and 14th November at the new Library of Birmingham. RLUK and its libraries are members of The European Library.

European languages resources and technology: reporting from the CLARIN Conference

The European Library was represented at this year�s annual conference of CLARIN by Louise Edwards, who is a member of the CLARIN Advisory Board. CLARIN is the Common Language Resource and Technology infrastructure for Europe and facilitates access to language data and tools.

Discovering collections, discovering communities
The European Library is looking forward to playing a prominent role in the conference Discovering collections, discovering communities, taking place at the new Library of Birmingham on 29th and 30th October.
The European Library to present at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Pacific Neighborhood Consortium in Taipei, Taiwan

The European Library has been invited to speak to the theme of linked open data (LOD) in cultural heritage in Europe at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Pacific Neighborhood Consortium in Taipei, Taiwan that takes place this week.

Reporting from the 3rd EUDAT conference: insights regarding future contributions from libraries to EUDAT
The European Data Infrastructure (EUDAT) held its 3rd EUDAT Conference last week in Amsterdam, where the future of EUDAT was presented with some interesting insights regarding contributions from the library domain
The European Library joins the European Data Infrastructure - EUDAT as a research community

The European Library Open Dataset takes its first step into research e-infrastructures. A subset of The European Library Open Dataset is now accessible through EUDAT's research data discovery service - B2FIND (

The digitised heritage collections of Ghent University Library
The heritage collection of Ghent University Library is one of the most important heritage collections in Belgium. Some of the historical collections have been made digitally available in order to provide world wide access for all Ghent University stakeholders. In many cases, the collections are high resolution and under a Creative Commons licence, allowing for different types of re-use.
The European Library co-organizes a scientific workshop on mining scientific publications
As in previous years, The European Library co-organizes the 3rd edition of the Workshop on Mining Scientific publications, together with The Open University, the Athena Research and Innovation Center, and Mendeley.
Grand opening of the new National Library of Latvia

The inauguration ceremony of the new National Library of Latvia takes place on 29th August. The European Library congratulates Director Andris Vilks and his team on the opening of their new building.

The European Library leads a workshop promoting use of library resources by historians
Specialists at The European Library again played an active role in the annual summer school organized by CENDARI.
Historic newspaper images now available on Europeana

As part of the Europeana Newspapers project, The European Library has developed an interface to search, browse and view the growing collection (over 4m pages at the moment) of newspapers it has harvested.

The European Library working on Law Portal for League of European Research Universities

The European Library has been commissioned by Law Deans from LERU (League of European Research Universities) to build the LERU Law Portal, showcasing the open access publications at the participating LERU institutions (12 of LERU's 21 members in total).

Just Published: Word occurrence based extraction of work contributors from statements of responsibility

Nuno Freire our Chief Data Officer at The European Library recently published an article ' Word occurrence based extraction of work contributors from statements of responsibility' in the International Journal on Digital Libraries.

Review your enriched Collection Level Description!

As a provider of metadata to The European Library we invite you to take review enriched Collection Level Descriptions relating to your library holdings on the European Library portal.

Registration open for the workshop Digital Preservation Sustainability On The EU Policy Level!

In connection with Digital Libraries 2014 (DL2014), APARSEN and SCAPE are co-organizing the workshop Digital Preservation Sustainability On The EU Policy Level on 8th September 2014 in London, UK.

The European Library's Annual Report 2013 available now!
We are happy to announce that The European Library's Annual Report 2013 is now available. Find out more about our strategic priorities 2013-2015, our areas of focus and highlights in 2013.
Building a picture of Linked Open Data at the RLUK Hackathon

Forward-thinking developers passed through the traditional space of the Senate Library's beautiful Special Collections area to participate in RLUK's first Linked Open Data (LOD) Hackathon in London in May. In the lead-up to the event, The European Library published a series of LOD case studies. Together, the Hackathon and supporting case studies open up insights into early adoption of LOD.

The Vatican Museum exhibits the Slavic Manuscripts of Macedonia

The National and University Library St. Kliment Ohridski in cooperation with the Vatican Museum provides its guests from all over the world the opportunity to visit the exclusive exhibition �Slavonic Manuscripts from Macedonia of the 13th through the 19th centuries� starting from 22nd May to 7th June 2014.

Case Study: German National Library publishes its authority and bibliographic records as Linked Open Data

The German National Library is using LOD to reach out to communities which traditionally may not have engaged with library information. The Library has published all its authority data and around 70 per cent of its bibliographic data as LOD, and aims to make the complete dataset available on an incremental basis.

Case Study: National Library of Spain transforms the user experience of Linked Open Data

The launch of the datos.bne dataset in January 2012 marked a crucial milestone in the LOD journey of the National Library of Spain (BNE). As the Library continues to refine the data and deliver innovative user-facing solutions, it envisages a range of benefits, including increased public access, wider reuse and improvements in quality.

Case Study: King's College London boosts access to its archives with Linked Open Data

King's College London has managed the successful AIM25 service, an aggregator of archive descriptions in London, for 14 years. The Archive saw LOD as an opportunity to boost accessibility to its archive catalogues, and to explore how best to mine its catalogues to connect up content from archive, library and museum collections.

Case Study: The National Library of the Netherlands pursues its LOD strategic vision

The National Library of the Netherlands (KB) has set out to identify and link the named entities in its textual collections. The KB runs a range of projects to pursue its overall strategic vision of a fully LOD-enabled library, which will ultimately result in enhanced user experience.

Welcome to our new Data space!

We are launching today our new data space where you'll find The European Library Open Search API, RLUK-LOD dataset and a suite of services in the coming weeks.

Case Study: Cambridge University Library delivers linked open data and enrichments

The Cambridge Open Metadata (COMET) Project was funded by the JISC Infrastructure for Resource Discovery Programme over a six-month period in 2011. COMET aimed to improve the visibility of Cambridge University Library's collections which include Darwin correspondence and Newton manuscripts by adopting a Linked Data approach. In partnership with OCLC, it also explored the value of linked data in catalogue enrichment.

The National Library of France (BnF) saw LOD as an opportunity to make its data more visible and useful on the web. The site, which went live in July 2011, harvests data from diverse databases, creating an LOD datastore as well as human-readable web pages dedicated to individual authors, published works and subjects.

The British Library published the British National Bibliography (BNB), as open data in in 2010, making it openly accessible to users as LOD via a SPARQL end point. In 2011 the Library provided a plain-text search box for non-technical users.

Europeana Newspapers Update

The work of The European Library in developing an interface for the Europeana Newspapers project continues to move forward. In addition, The European Library has now received and published content from 8 of the libraries involved in the project - a full list is available below.


The German National Library - DNB leads the project "Arts in Exile - Künste im Exil".This superb virtual exhibition is now available in English; it presents German emigrés and their work within the context of actual debates on exile and emigration across Europe.


ELAG, the annual conference of the European Libraries Automation Group is now open.

The 38th ELAG Conference , will take place in Bath, United Kingdom between the 10th and 13th June 2014 and will be hosted by the University of Bath .


We are proud to announce that The European Library and RLUK is currently working together towards making a linked bibliographic data available as Linked Open Data (LOD). This will be made available for a Hackathon on May 14 at the Senate House in London. Find out more about The European Library's latest developments and projects.

Big Data to Foster Future Memory of Europe

Roberta Cacciaglia, Collections Intern at The European Library, attended the 'Unlocking Sources - WW1 Online and Europeana Conference at the Berlin State Library on the 30th 31st January 2014. Find out more about her experience and the latest big data trends in the context of cultural heritage institutions.

CENDARI Summer School - Call for Applications

As a project partner in CENDARI (Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure), we are proud to announce this year's Summer School, 'Researching the First World War in a Digital Environment' taking place in Berlin on the 21 - 25 July 2014.

Exciting Virtual Exhibition about Djordje Stanojevic - The Rector Who 'Lit up' Belgrade

On the 15 th February, in honour of the Republic of Serbia's Statehood Day, the University Library "Svetozar Markovic" in Belgrade launched a series of virtual exhibitions entitled, 'They Built Serbia'.

Registration Now Open for the 5th International M-Libraries Conference in Hong Kong

Registration is now open for the Fifth International M-Libraries Conference presented by The Open University (UK) in partnership with, and hosted by, The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

The Challenges of Hosting Digitised Newspaper Images
Europeana Newspapers, coordinated by The European Library, is a project that sets out to make historic newspapers freely available online via a full-text browsing tool. We outline one of the main challenges The European Library team faced in the design and implementation of this tool for researchers.
Full Steam Ahead for Europeana Cloud
The European Library is the coordinator of Europeana Cloud, a three-year project that aims to establish a cloud-based infrastructure for The European Library, the Poznan Digital Library and Europeana.
The European Library Expresses Interest in the EC's Big Data Call (Horizon 2020)

The European Commission recently published the first calls for project funding within the framework of Horizon 2020. Alastair Dunning, Programme Manager at The European Library attended a session held by the EC and explains the implications of an ICT call on big data.

Attend the Unlocking Sources Conference - WW1 Online and Europeana

Attend the 'Unlocking Sources - WW1 Online and Europeana' Conference taking place on the 30th and 31st January 2014 at the Berlin State Library in Germany.

Libraries Encouraged to Apply for the Succeed Awards

The Succeed Awards aim to recognise the successful implementation of a digitisation programme, especially those exploiting the latest technology and with a research output for the digitisation of historical text. - Dutch Cultural Heritage At Your Fingertips

The much-anticipated Delpher online research portal was launched as a Beta version in late November. Now you can discover millions of digitised resources including historic books, newspapers, magazines and even radio show scripts from The Netherlands.

Library of the Month Campaign Highlights for October 2013
We are pleased to announce that our Library of the Month campaign report for October (the National Library of Poland) is now available online. The report provides an extensive overview of the campaign and relevant statistics with a view to showcasing the content of our member libraries across Europe.
RLUK and the Future of Dynamic Management of Monographs in the UK

With demands on budgets and space at a premium, libraries need to make sure that their collections are adroitly managed for effective teaching, learning and research. But how do they make informed decisions about the future retention, conservation, and dynamic curation of such scholarly materials? RLUK Deputy Director, Mike Mertens, sheds light on the matter.

Latest News from CENDARI (Collaborative European Digital Archive Infrastructure)

CENDARI is a research infrastructure project aimed at integrating digital archives for medieval and modern European history. The project brings together information/computer scientists and leading historians within existing historical research infrastructures.

RLUK Supports Libraries in the Fight for Online Discoverability

David Prosser's article, Fighting for Discoverability, discusses the many challenges libraries face in the 21st century and the important work being done by Research Libraries UK (RLUK).

RLUK Strengthens Network of UK Research Libraries

Research Libraries UK (RLUK) is The European Library's first research consortium member. This exciting development means that digital resources from RLUK's member libraries will now have a much greater reach within the research community and beyond.

Attend the ARROW Plus Final Conference

The ARROW Plus project finishes in December this year. A final conference demonstrating the ARROW system, its developments and best practices will be presented on the 4th of December in Brussels.

ARROW Plus is a Best Practice Network project selected under the European Commission's Competitiveness and innovation framework programme.

Croatian Audio Heritage Now Preserved Online

The Sounds of the Past website, a portal comprising digitised gramophone records, was launched as part of a special project by the National and University Library in Zagreb (NUL). The launch of the website took place on the 7th of November 2013 in the Reading Room of the Music Collection at the National and University Library in Zagreb, Croatia.

Job Vacancy - Java Developer for Library Data Services
Are you a skilled Java Developer with enthusiasm for the higher education, library or publishing sectors? Do you like implementing challenging requirements with Java enterprise technologies? Then come and join The European Library team in The Hague, Netherlands.
Kralice Bible Exhibition at the National Library of the Czech Republic

The Kralice Bible Exhibition commemorates the 400th anniversary of the final edition of the Kralice Bible before the Battle of White Mountain, an early battle in 1620 as part of the 30 Years' War.

Flanders Heritage Library Receives Flemish Award for Cultural Heritage 2012-2013
On 25th October 2013, the Flanders Heritage Library received the Flemish Community Award for Cultural Heritage 2012-2013. The presentation of the award took place in Bruges during the annual meeting of the Flemish cultural heritage sector.
Explore Memoria Chilena - A Virtual Library Preserving Chile's Cultural Memory

Memoria Chilena is a fantastic online portal providing digital resources on key themes within Chile's cultural identity. Explore a wide range of online material in the fields of history, literature, arts and culture, science and technology, famous personalities and architecture.

Job Vacancy - Senior Java Developer

Are you a skilled Senior Java Developer with enthusiasm for the cultural, education or publishing sectors? Do you like implementing challenging requirements with Java enterprise technologies? Do you like to work according to agile development practices? Are you interested in cloud-based technologies? Then come and join The European Library team in The Hague.

Explore Exquisite Ancient World Maps
The Polona Digital Library (together with The European Library) provides access to some of the most exquisite ancient maps. One such work is the detailed Cosmography by Claudius Ptolemy, an astronomer, geographer, mathematician and astrologer who lived from 90 - 168 AD.
Journey to the Orient with this Rare Polish Treasure

Waclaw Seweryn Rzewuski was born in 1784 in Lviv, Ukraine. He was a poet, scientist and explorer who was fascinated with the Orient. He became a hero of the 19th century imagination and appears as a galloping figure traversing through Polish romantic literature and art.

The European Library Featured in Croatian Academic Journals

We are proud to announce that The European Library has been featured in four Croatian academic journals - the Croatian Reading Association, the Croatian Association of Chemical Engineers, the Zagreb Library Association and the Croatian Association of Librarians.

Library of the Month Campaign Highlights for September 2013

We are pleased to announce that our Library of the Month campaign report for September (the KB/National Library of the Netherlands) is now available online. The report provides an extensive overview of the campaign and statistics.

Bas Savenije, Chair of the Management Committee of The European Library, Visits the National Library of Russia
On the 8 th of October 2013, Bas Savenije, Director General of the National Library of the Netherlands and Chair of the Management Committee of The European Library, visited the National Library of Russia in St. Petersburg.
10 Beautiful Illustrations of People in the 1800s by Polish Artists

These fantastic illustrations of people were created by Polish artists between 1800 and 1850. The illustrations are housed at The National Library of Poland and are also available digitally on The European Library portal.

Machiavelli Exhibition in Florence | 10 December 2013 - 22 February 2014

The National Central Library in Florence (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale Di Firenze), State Archive of Florence and the Museums of Florence will come together to host a fantastic exhibition entitled, The Way to the Prince: Niccolo Machiavelli from Florence to San Casciano.

Fascinating French Cooking Methods and Cookware from 1863

Explore the second fascinating highlight for our Library of the Month Campaign - French Cooking Techniques from 1863. This digital resource is an exquisite, detailed guide to kitchen preparation written by Jourdan-Lecointe in 1863. It is brought to you by the National Library of Poland and the Polona Digital Library.

Polish Kitchen Secrets from the 17th - 20th Century

As part of our Library of the Month campaign for October, we will showcase numerous collections on a range of subjects available digitally via the Polona Digital Library (an initiative of the National Library of Poland) and The European Library portal. The first fascinating highlight is about Polish kitchen secrets and recipes through the ages.

Attend the MedOANet European Conference on Open Access

The EU-funded project Mediterranean Open Access Network (facilitating the development of open access policies in six Mediterranean countries) will host its final conference in Athens on the 17th and 18th of October 2013.The MedOANet conference will be conducted in conjunction with the International Open Access Conference.

National Library of Poland Announced as Library of the Month for October
We are very pleased to announce the National Library of Poland (Biblioteka Narodowa) as our Library of the Month for October. This library is one of the most important cultural institutions in Poland and it works towards protecting the country's national heritage in a variety of forms - printed and handwritten materials, digital items, recordings and audiovisual objects are all represented.
This Week in Libraries (TWIL) Highlights Our Goals for Digital Innovation

We are pleased to announce that The European Library was recently featured on This Week in Libraries (TWIL), a monthly online show focusing on library development and digital innovation. Jaap van de Geer and Erik Boekenstijn are the founders of this fantastic campaign that importantly promotes the libraries sector.

Attend the Joint International Research and Practice Conference in Moscow

The Joint International Research and Practice conference (Digital Century of Culture and EVA 2013 Moscow) will be held from the 19th - 22nd November 2013 at the Russian State Library (Moscow, Russia). The event includes the 12th International Research and Practice conference entitled Digital Century of Culture and the 15th Annual International conference - EVA 2013 Moscow: Information Society, Culture, Education.

Discover the Dutch Version of Beauty and the Beast
'Mooi Elsje' ('Pretty Elsje') is the Dutch version of the English picture book 'Beauty and the Beast' which was published in 1874 by Routledge in England. The original English text was translated and adapted by Agatha (the pseudonym of Dutch children's book author Reinoudina de Goeje 1833-1893).
Explore The Ugly Duckling Fairytale Version from 1893
'The Ugly Duckling' is a fairytale appreciated for its lesson about unexpected personal transformation for the better. This particular edition, 'Het leelijke jonge eendje', illustrated by Van Hoytema, is one of the most beautiful books in the fairytale collection housed at the National Library of the Netherlands.
Discover The Europeana Newspapers Full-Text Browsing Tool

The European Library, as part of the Europeana Newspapers Project, is developing a useful full-text browsing tool that will allow our website users to browse historic newspaper collections. Historians, researchers, students, genealogists, teachers and anyone interested in historic European newspapers will find this new tool of great value.

Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Which Edition is the Most Beautiful of All?

'Sneeuwwitje' is illustrated by W.C. Drupsteen and is one of the most beautiful editions of Snow White in the fairytale collection housed at the National library of the Netherlands. Explore this fantastic digital treasure now.

Annual Meeting - Registration and News
We take great pleasure in inviting our current and prospective partner libraries to our annual meeting, Promoting innovation in Europe - The European Library partnership of research and national libraries. The annual meeting will take place on the 16th and 17th September 201 3 at the Amsterdam Central Public Library.
RLUK Introduces The European Library to Members

On the 24th September 2013 the UK consortium of scholarly libraries, Research Libraries UK (RLUK), will host an event to introduce The European Library to its member libraries. This follows a recent announcement that RLUK has joined The European Library.

Results of ENUMERATE Digital Heritage Study Published

ENUMERATE, a project dedicated to creating a baseline of statistical information about the digitisation and digital preservation of cultural heritage in Europe (of which we are a partner), has recently published the results of two important surveys conducted in 2012 and 2013.

Outcomes of Croatian Internet Domain Harvesting
The National and University Library, Zagreb recognises the value of collecting and preserving internet content. From September 2004 the library has selectively collected such content - with special attention to content not available via any other medium.
Library of the Month for September Announced - The National Library of the Netherlands

We are very pleased to announce the National Library of the Netherlands (De Koninklijke Bibliotheek) as Library of the Month for September! This is of particular importance for The European Library since our office is located inside the KB in The Hague and hence our organisation has a strong connection to this library.

Library of the Month Campaign Highlights for June and July

We are pleased to announce the publication of two reports that describe the outcomes and highlights of our Library of the Month Campaign (a campaign that importantly aims to create awareness about one of our member libraries each and every month).

Annual Meeting Attendees - Engage with us via Social Media

We encourage attendees of the annual meeting to connect with us by means of social media. We will be posting interesting updates on our social media platforms throughout the event, so don't miss out on this opportunity to connect with us and with fellow attendees.

Free Access to Open Arts Journal Now Available

The inaugural issue of the Open Arts Journal, a peer-reviewed, open access digital journal has recently been launched by The Open University. Spanning art, art history, literature, critical theory and cultural geography, 'Cosmopolitanism as Critical and Creative Practice', is guest edited by Eleanor Byrne and Berthold Schoene from the Manchester Metropolitan University.

Polish Digital Library Launched

The new Polish National Digital Library 'Polona' as officially launched on the 20th June 2013 during a press conference at the National Library of Poland. The Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bogdan Zdrojewski, and director BN Tomasz Makowski, attended the launch.

Research Libraries UK (RLUK) Joins The European Library

The UK consortium of scholarly libraries, Research Libraries UK (RLUK), has recently joined The European Library, a membership organisation that provides services to researchers, with access to more than 200 million records and digital items from all of Europe's national libraries and a growing number of research libraries.

Russian State Library Exhibits Ginzburg Collection

The Russian State Library holds a very impressive collection of Jewish books and manuscripts. In particular, the Ginzburg Collection comprises items from three generations of the Ginzburg family, Russian entrepreneurs, philanthropists and Jewish culture experts dating from the middle of XIX c. to 1910.

ARROW Data Mining Developments at the 17th International Conference TPDL
Nuno Freire, Interoperability Architect at The European Library, will present his paper Word Occurrence Based Extraction of Work Contributors from Statements of Responsibility at the 17th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries.
Explore 'Judith', an Epic Poem by the Father of Croatian Literature

Marko Marulic (1450-1524) was a Croatian writer from Split and one of the most well-known European dramatists. He was a central figure in the Split humanist circle. His epic poem Judita (Judith) earned him the title of father of Croatian literature and he also became known as the Croatian Dante.

The Fascinating Discovery of the Krapina Prehistoric Man

In 1899 Gorjanovic-Kramberger discovered a prehistoric site containing human bones, ashes, pieces of coal, stone tools and rubble. He immediately recognised the fragility and significance of the items he uncovered items and worked together with local authorities to protect the archaeological site.

17th Century Inventor Dubbed the Leonardo da Vinci of Croatia
Throughout the centuries, Croatia has boasted a large number of inventors who importantly influenced history. Well-known inventors from the country include Ruder Josip Boskovic, Nikola Tesla, Ivan Vucetic, Ivan Lupis and Slavoljub Penkala. Faust Vrancic deserves special mention in particular and is dubbed the Leonardo da Vinci of Croatia.
Croatian Science Theses Available to All - The Digital Academic Repository

The Digital Academic Repository (DAR) is an online resource that archives and provides access to doctoral and master's theses from the University of Zagreb, as well as those from other Croatian universities.

Scientific and Cultural Treasures Preserved by The Croatian Web Archive
The Croatian Web Archive (Hrvatski arhiv weba also abbreviated as HAW) is a collection of important content harvested from the internet and stored on a server at the National and University Library in Zagreb. This archive was set up with the aim of collecting and preserving web publications that reflect Croatia's cultural heritage.
Discover The Gem of Croatian Baroque Poetry

Osman, a historical romantic epic by Ivan Gundulic of Dubrovnik, is one of the most significant poems of Croatian Baroque literature. It describes the life of Sultan Osman II, his rise, his dethronement and eventual assassination in Constantinople. The unfinished first edition was printed in Dubrovnik in 1826 and the completed first edition was published by Matica ilirska in 1844.

The European Krleza Exhibition at the National and University Library of Zagreb

The National and University Library of Zagreb celebrates Croatia's most significant modern author, Miroslav Krleza, in an outstanding and compelling exhibition. The European Krleza Exhibition marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Krleza, one of the greatest and most translated modern Croatian writers.

Final Celebratory Video of The Bavarian State Library as Library of the Month for June
Klaus Ceynowa, Deputy Director General of The Bavarian State Library stresses the importance of innovative work conducted at this esteemed institution. Ceynowa believes that the future of the internet is mobile-oriented and that digital and licensed content and meta-data should be situated within the new user scenarios of this mobile internet environment.
Croatia in the Spotlight this July

We are pleased to announce the National and University Library in Zagreb as our most recent partner and our library of the month. Director General, Dunja Seiter-Sverko, explains the impact of this important partnership.

Croatia's Very First Printed Book Now Available Digitally at The European Library

Digitally explore the Misal Po Zakonu Rimskoga Dvora, Croatia's first printed book ever. This unique book dates back to 1483 and is one of the many literary treasures at The National and University Library in Zagreb, Croatia.

A 9th Century Papal Manuscript, Pivotal in the Understanding of the Development of the Moravian Church

The Collectio Canonum Dionysiana Adaucta manuscript is considered to be a pivotal papal document dating back to the late 9th Century. It concerns the organisation of the Moravian Church and is thought to have been given to Methodius, 'Apostle of the Slavs', by either Pope Hadrian II (867-72) or John vIII (872-882). The text is a clarification of a clause of canon law that proved relevant for the structure of the Moravian Church.

Library of the Month for July - The National and University Library in Zagreb

Croatia joined the EU as the 28th member state on the first of July 2013. As a result, we would like to highlight the National and University Library of Zagreb as our Library of the Month. This month we'll be featuring important literary treasures housed at the library. These treasures have been digitised and are now available through The European Library portal.

The World's Most Famous Bible - An Artistic Masterpiece at The Bavarian State Library

The Gutenberg Bible is known as the most famous Bible in the world and was in fact the first book to be printed in Europe using movable type. Gutenberg invented this type of printing in the early 1400's and this invention constitutes as one of the world's most important technical developments.

The Book of Calculation - A Pivotal Text in the Field of Astronomy and Sciences

The Book of Calculation is an intriguing compilation of ancient manuscripts in the fields of astronomy and sciences. It dates back to 818 A.D and is only one of two books in the world to discuss the entire computistical knowledge in Merovingian and Carolingian Francia.

Classification and Visualization: Interfaces to Knowledge - International Seminar 2013
The next International UDC Seminar entitled "Classification & Visualization: Interfaces to Knowledge" will take place in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague, on the 24 th and 25 th October 2013.
The Bavarian State Library's Magnificent Latin Book of Psalms
The Latin Book of Psalms is one of the most lavishly illuminated texts from the Middle Ages. Intended for private use, it is thought to have been commissioned by noblewoman Margaret de Briouze in celebration of her marriage to Walter de Lacy II in 1201.
Europeana Launches Free iPad App

Europeana Open Culture has just released a brand new iPad app available to the general public for free. This magnificent app allows users to view beautiful, hand-picked digital collections from some of Europe's top institutions. It also allows people to explore, share and comment on these collections.

A Close Look at the Bavarian State Library with Klaus Ceynowa

We are pleased to announce The Bavarian State Library as Library of the Month for June 2013. The library's Deputy Director General, Klaus Ceynowa, reveals the many benefits of this new partnership and informs us of some of the treasures housed at the library and now made available online.

The South East Europe Digitisation Initiative (SEEDI) Conference

Alastair Dunning, Programme Manager at The European Library, recently attended the 8th SEEDI conference. The purpose of the conference is for members of cultural heritage institutions, researchers, consultants and government officials to come together and share best practice in terms of advance digitisation projects in countries of south east Europe - Croatia, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia, Montenegro and Slovenia.

In June, we celebrate the Bavarian State Library
The European Library celebrates its collaboration with the Bavarian State Library (BSB)
Workshop on Mining Scientific Publications

Call for Papers for the 2nd International Workshop on Mining Scientific Publications at JCDL 2013


The European Library features the Bavarian State Library in June
We are delighted to shed light on the Bavarian State Library in June
Join CENDARI's Summer School
CENDARI will hold a summer school in Florence in July, and is looking for participants.
Spain's Music History Online
The National Library of Spain holds a vast collection of notable items from musical history, and has made many of them freely available online.
New Heritage Of The Printed Book Database
An updated version of CERL's Heritage of the Printed Book (HPB) features new tools for researchers.
The Social Media Library
Among global libraries, the National Library of Spain has one of the strongest social media presences. Learn how and why it made the social media leap.
A Valuable Partnership
The National Library of Spain has been a member of The European Library since 2007. In this guest post, they explain the impact of The European Library on the national library and its users.
Big Data and The Cultural Sector
Counting What Counts is a new report that examines how cultural bodies approach data and 'big data' in particular.
Improved Search Functions
Searching The European Library website for bibliographic records, digital objects and full-text content from Europe's libraries has just been made easier and more precise.
Open Humanities Awards
Humanities researchers, designers and developers are invited to enter the 2013 Open Humanities Awards.
Sharing Our Metadata Expertise
Our technical knowledge helped the Digital Public Library of America to develop its latest metadata documentation.
Apply for A CENDARI Fellowship
Research infrastructure project CENDARI is currently inviting applications for its 2013 Visiting Research Fellowship Programme.
Join Our Conference
Research librarians are invited to join The European Library's conference in Madrid, with keynote speakers and hands-on workshops. Participation is free!
Come Meet The European Library

The European Library is going on tour!

Meet us at events across Europe to learn about our new services for research libraries and our recently relaunched website.

Europeana Libraries Newsletter
The October edition of the Europeana Libraries newsletter is now available. Europeana Libraries is making 5 million digital objects freely accessible on The European Library website.
Press Room

Learn more about the new European Library website in our Press Room.

You can download the press release and watch a video about the new service.

Expansion to Research Libraries
The European Library has opened its doors to research libraries and is actively seeking new members. This is a great opportunity for the research libraries of Europe to expose their metadata at the highest level.