Become a Member of The European Library Today
Are you a national or research library within Europe? Or are you a research library consortium? Join us as a member today and experience our powerful, low-cost aggregation structure that allows for greater exposure of your library’s collections
WHAT ARE THE KEY BENEFITS OF JOINING?
- Extensive exposure of your library and its collections (both through The European Library portal and Europeana)
- POWERFUL, LOW COST AGGREGATION AND DISTRIBUTION SERVICES
- Enhanced international profile
- Access to an innovative best practice network
- The opportunity to participate in European-funded projects
Interested in membership? Contact us today via email: info[at]theeuropeanlibrary.org or complete the form at the bottom of this page.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MEMBERSHIP
The European Library is a not-for-profit membership organisation managed by the national and research libraries of Europe, and steered by three influential library organisations: CENL, CERL and LIBER.
We are committed to making the collections and intellectual output of our member libraries as accessible as possible to a worldwide audience, and to promoting the development of a European research infrastructure.
Furthermore, The European Library is the official library aggregator for Europeana, the European Commission’s main digital platform for cultural heritage, and we are represented on the governing body of the Europeana Foundation.
National libraries from 47 European countries, Research Libraries UK (RLUK) representing 33 research libraries in the United Kingdom and Ireland as well as a growing number of leading research libraries including Bavaria State Library, Ghent University Library, Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu, Basque Digital Library and others.
POWERFUL, LOW COST AGGREGATION AND DISTRIBUTION SERVICES
We are the library domain aggregator for Europeana and as such, we have built a highly efficient aggregation infrastructure that saves our member libraries significant time and money.
The distribution of our data is a key benefit of joining and this allows libraries to obtain greater exposure and usage of their collections and records.
We provide a convenient and cost-effective ‘one stop shop’ service: from data manipulation and semantic enrichment to cost-effective distribution via multiple channels.
We can process data in any format, including semantic enrichment i.e. connecting individual names, places and research subjects.
The enriched data is then distributed via numerous channels (i.e. Europeana), research networks, library discovery services and search engines, as well as back to the contributing library itself. Data is of course also accessible via The European Library portal directly and The European Library API (Application Programming Interface).
The European Library Standards Handbook serves as a guide for libraries providing data to The European Library and other services such as Europeana. The document describes the advantages of outsourcing data-provision tasks to The European Library and provides a detailed description of the process.
INCREASED DISCOVERABILITY AND USAGE OF CONTENT
As competition increases in the digital age, libraries need to work more than ever to ensure that their content remains visible online – and The European Library can help with this increasing challenge.
The European Library portal offers the global research community with quick and easy access to an impressive aggregation of trusted content from our library members. Over 200 million records are currently available, together with an expanding range of specialist tools and services.
We also provide digital content to Europeana, and metadata is ‘pushed out’ to research networks, library discovery services and search engines.
Distribution to so many different channels would normally be costly and complex but, through our network, it is possible for even the smallest library to ensure effective promotion of their content on multiple international platforms.
ENHANCED PROFILE AND INFLUENCE
We position our member libraries at the heart of Europe’s research agenda by encouraging knowledge sharing and interdisciplinary research
Our network of hundreds of libraries and our representation on the boards of both the Europeana Foundation and the Europeana Network allows us a most strategic position that has a real influence on the design of the European information and research landscape.
ACCESS TO A BEST PRACTICE NETWORK AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
The European Library is at the cutting edge of research and development in digital libraries – from data enrichment and clustering techniques to full-text indexing and Linked Open Data.
Knowledge is shared and developed through active working groups and regular meetings, all of which are open to member libraries and which provide excellent opportunities for professional development and networking.
OPPORTUNITY TO COLLABORATE ON EU-FUNDED PROJECTS
As a member of The European Library, your library may be eligible for collaboration on European-funded projects.
We have a very successful track record in winning and leading European-funded projects. These projects provide our members with funding for the digitisation of their content and the opportunity to build on technical expertise.
Our most recent project, Europeana Cloud, is to establish a cloud-based infrastructure that will enable easy sharing, enhancement and storage of content and data across the Europeana family of services, interested libraries and other content providers and aggregators.
The membership fee structure is designed to be as equitable and affordable as possible, and it is based on 5 economic indicators and 1 library-specific indicator. Discounts are available for libraries joining via a consortium.
To find out more about the cost of membership for your library, please contact Nienke van Schaverbeke (nienke.vanschaverbeke [AT] theeuropeanlibrary.org). Alternatively, please complete the below form and we will get back to you by email within 10 working days.
Please refer to The European Library Standards Handbook which describes the entire process of providing data to The European Library. It also describes the many advantages of outsourcing data-provision tasks to us.
General queries about membership can be sent to info [AT] theeuropeanlibrary.org.
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