From 31 December 2016 ‘The European Library’ services will no longer be available and this portal will be frozen with no subsequent updates. 

For further information please visit this press release on the CENL (Conference of European National Librarians) website at or contact CENL by emailing


In line with common practice, when you visit The European Library website and when you register with us, we record and store some information about you. In some cases we process this information in order to better understand our users and their needs. This is done to improve the content and the usability of our portal and the services we offer. However, The European Library recognizes the importance of privacy to users of The European Library portal; consequently we handle such personal information with care.

Please read our Privacy Policy Statement to find out what information we log and how we use it. We collect the following: Log Files, cookies and information that we explicitly ask you to provide about yourself upon registration or upon using any electronic forms of communication with The European Library staff.


When you visit The European Library Portal, your requests and actions are automatically logged on our server. Log files contain information such as your IP address, the date and time you accessed the website, the pages you requested for viewing, etc. Log files do not contain any personal identifiable information about you.

Cookies are small amounts of information sent from a web server to your browser and stored on your computer’s hard drive. They contain information about the internet sites that you have visited. The European Library uses cookies to recognise you and your access privileges. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies but you can usually change your browser settings to prevent this (although you might not have access to the full functionality of the website, such as the language settings you might have chosen).

The European Library collects or logs cookies and information about its users and processes this information to produce usage statistics. By processing such information we are trying to identify user profiles and usage habits to improve the content and services we offer according to users’ needs. Logfiles analysis are also used to inform The European Library partner libraries about digitisation priorities based on user preferences. These aggregated data do not contain information from which individuals can be identified. They are used strictly for the following purposes:

  • To monitor and to better administer traffic to the website.
  • To assess and improve usability, services and content.
  • To identify technical shortcomings and to troubleshoot.
  • To develop personalised services.
  • To develop efficient marketing tools.


When we ask you to register, we ask you to voluntarily supply some personal information about yourself. Identification of users allows us to provide personalised services on the portal. Currently the following options are offered: to save favorites or session query history for referencing at a later date. We intend to expand these services to offer more personalized possibilities to the users, such as: to save selected collections for use at a later date or to receive e-mail alerts about new collections added which might interest them.

Through the use of any electronic form on our website (feedback form, newsletter subscription, report a link) you agree to supply some minimum personal information (namely name and e-mail address). We may use this information to reply to you about the issue involved. Your personal information will not be used for direct mailing or for other reasons than to answer your request.


The European Library respects your privacy and seeks to protect your personal data. We do not sell, trade or rent the information we get from you on this site to others. Sometimes, we collaborate with public organisations such as universities that conduct research on our behalf on usage patterns and behaviour to help us improve the content and the services we offer. In these cases we do not disclose to them personal information (e.g. names or addresses).

The European Library takes all necessary measures to protect the data from un-authorised access and use in a way other than that stated in the Privacy Policy. The European Library is hosted by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Netherlands and therefore uses the systems and security in place for this public institution.

The data are stored for as long as they are useful for administrative reasons. Non-personal data may be stored indefinitely as research material.

Please note: Under law, we may be required to disclose the information that we log to the appropriate legal authorities.


This Site may contain links to other web sites that are beyond our control. This privacy policy applies solely to the information you provide while visiting this Site. Other web sites to which you link may contain privacy policies that are different from this privacy policy.

The current privacy policy statement is in accordance with the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act (Wet Bescherming Persoonsgegevens).

Any changes to The European Library privacy policy will be published on this page. Questions, Complaints, and Dispute Resolution

By using our website you consent to the terms of the Privacy Statement hereby described. However, you have the right to prevent the use of your personal data for personalised services and marketing as well as to request not to be further contacted by us. If you wish to be informed about the personal data collected about you, or to have this data corrected or removed, or have any other question with regards to this statement, please contact The European Library at

Date of creation of the Privacy Statement: March 5, 2007, Last amendment: March 27, 2007

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