The European Library

Monday, 19 August 2019 - 11:00 am (CET/MEZ) Berlin | Author/Destination:
Category/Kategorie: European Union, Opera Houses, Theaters, Libraries
Reading Time:  4 minutes

© The European Library

© The European Library

The European Library is an Internet service that allows access to the resources of 49 European national libraries and an increasing number of research libraries. Searching is free and delivers metadata records as well as digital objects, mostly free of charge. The objects come from institutions located in countries which are members of the Council of Europe and range from catalogue records to full-text books, magazines, journals and audio recordings. Over 200 million records are searchable, including 24 million pages of full-text content and more than 7 million digital objects. Thirty five different languages are represented among the searchable objects. The content of the European Library was frozen on 31 December 2016, with no new updates after that date.

The European Library provided much of the organization and support required to launch Europeana – a European Commission initiative that makes millions of digital objects from libraries, museums and archives accessible to the public via the Europeana website. When the European Parliament called for Europeana to be established, the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL), under the auspices of the National Library of the Netherlands and CENL’s service The European Library, were asked to submit for a project under the eContentplus programme. Work began on a prototype in 2007 and Europeana was launched in November 2008. Europeana now operates independently but The European Library continues to work closely with Europeana. The European Library is the aggregator of digital content from national libraries for Europeana and delivers digital content from national libraries on a monthly basis to Europeana. As of July 2012, The European Library was the second biggest content provider to Europeana, with 3.45 million items added to the Europeana database. Some human and technical resources are also shared between Europeana and The European Library.

In addition to its search engine, The European Library pulls together themes from the collections of Europe’s national libraries and displays them in virtual exhibitions. These exhibitions unite geographically disparate objects in a single online space, offering Pan-European sources on the topic.

  • Manuscripts and Princes in Medieval and Renaissance Europe:34 manuscripts from the royal collections of the Carolingian Emperors, French King Charles V and his family, and the Aragonese kings of Naples.
  • Travelling Through History: Centuries worth of travel memorabilia from 13 European libraries, including photographs, sounds, maps and books.
  • Reading Europe: Almost 1,000 books selected by national libraries, with curatorial information and full-text versions in most cases.
  • A Roma Journey: Texts, photographs, paintings and recordings of traditional songs showing the heritage of the Romani people in Europe.
  • Napoleonic Wars: A selection of portraits, military maps, city plans, letters, books and other material from the Napoleonic Wars.
  • Treasures of Europe’s National Libraries: A collection of objects selected by Europe’s national libraries as some of the most outstanding items in their collections.
  • National Library Buildings: Images of the National Libraries that are partners of The European Library.

The European Library is financed by its owners, the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL). The portal is maintained by The European Library Office located in the premises of the Dutch Royal Library in The Hague. Its programme director is Jill Cousins.

Read more on The European Library, Europeana und Wikipedia European Library (Smart Traveler App by U.S. Department of State - Weather report by weather.com - Global Passport Power Rank - Travel Risk Map - Democracy Index - GDP according to IMF, UN, and World Bank - Global Competitiveness Report - Corruption Perceptions Index - Press Freedom Index - World Justice Project - Rule of Law Index - UN Human Development Index - Global Peace Index - Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Index). Photos by Wikimedia Commons. If you have a suggestion, critique, review or comment to this blog entry, we are looking forward to receive your e-mail at comment@wingsch.net. Please name the headline of the blog post to which your e-mail refers to in the subject line.




Recommended posts:

Share this post: (Please note data protection regulations before using buttons)

Jönköping in southern Sweden

Jönköping in southern Sweden

[caption id="attachment_159847" align="aligncenter" width="378"] Jönköping Collage © jonkopingsambassaden.se - Citronlemonad[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Jönköping is a city in southern Sweden with 62,000 inhabitants. Jönköping is situated by the southern end of Sweden's second largest lake, Vättern. The original town Jönköping has grown together with twin city Huskvarna (population 23,000) and suburb Norrahammar-Hovslätt (population 9,000), forming a contiguous urban area, with 94,000 inhabitants in 2013. The ci...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Castile-La Mancha - Talavera de la Reina

Theme Week Castile-La Mancha - Talavera de la Reina

[caption id="attachment_153330" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Crest of Talavera de la Reina in typical tiles pottery © Javiergil73/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Talavera de la Reina is a city and municipality in the western part of the province of Toledo. It is the second-largest nucleus of population in Castile–La Mancha and the largest in the province: its population of 89,000 makes it larger than the city of Toledo, although the latter remains the provincial capital. The city is settled along the river ...

[ read more ]

The city of Hong Kong

The city of Hong Kong

[caption id="attachment_4617" align="aligncenter" width="590" caption="© Mbaeckmann / Thomas doerfer"][/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Hong Kong is one of two Special Administrative Regions (SARs) of the People's Republic of China, the other being Macau. A city-state situated on China's south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, it is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. With a land mass of 1,104 km2 (426 sq mi) and a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most ...

[ read more ]

Postal Square in Kyiv

Postal Square in Kyiv

[caption id="attachment_235170" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Post Station © Kiyanka/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Poshtova Square (literally: Postal Square) in Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, is one of the oldest historic squares of the city. Archaeological findings are dated back to the 4th century. The square is served by the metro (the Poshtova Ploshcha station), the funicular, and buses. A crossing of several historic streets such as Saint Volodymyr Descent, Borychiv Descent and Sahaydachny Street, the sq...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Scotland - Kirkcaldy

Theme Week Scotland - Kirkcaldy

[caption id="attachment_152537" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Kirkcaldy Museum and Art Gallery © Kilnburn/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]Kirkcaldy (Scottish Gaelic: Cair Chaladain) is a town and former royal burgh in Fife, on the east coast of Scotland. It is approximately 11.6 miles (19 km) north of Edinburgh and 27.6 miles (44 km) south-southwest of Dundee. The town had an estimated population of 49,560 in 2010, making it the biggest settlement in Fife. Kirkcaldy has long been nicknamed the Lang Toun (Scots for "lo...

[ read more ]

Wrigley Building in Chicago

Wrigley Building in Chicago

[caption id="attachment_238594" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © flickr.com - daryl_mitchell/cc-by-sa-2.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Wrigley Building is a skyscraper located at 400–410 North Michigan Avenue on Chicago's Near North Side. It is located on the Magnificent Mile directly across Michigan Avenue from the Tribune Tower. Its two towers in an elaborate style were built between 1920 and 1924 to house the corporate headquarters of the Wrigley Company. Its bright white facade is covered in terra cotta. When g...

[ read more ]

The Bremen

The Bremen

[caption id="attachment_152639" align="aligncenter" width="590"] © hl-kreuzfahrten.de[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]MS Bremen, is an expedition cruise ship operated by Hapag Lloyd since 1993. She was built as Frontier Spirit at the Mitsubishi Shipyard in Kobe, Japan, in 1990. A previously uncharted island in the Antarctic was discovered by Bremen in 2003, and was named Bremen Island in 2004. In 2006 she successfully ran the Northwest Passage, helped by satellite images telling where sea ice was.[gallery size="medium" gss="1...

[ read more ]

University of Toronto

University of Toronto

[caption id="attachment_230170" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Hart House and Soldier's Tower © Taxiarchos228/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The University of Toronto (UToronto or U of T) is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, located on the grounds that surround Queen's Park. It was founded by royal charter in 1827 as King's College, the first institution of higher learning in Upper Canada. Originally controlled by the Church of England, the university assumed its present name in 1850 upon becom...

[ read more ]

The European Union: European Neighbourhood Policy

The European Union: European Neighbourhood Policy

[responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) is a foreign relations instrument of the European Union (EU) which seeks to tie those countries to the east and south of the European territory of the EU to the Union. These countries, primarily developing countries, include some who seek to one day become either a member state of the European Union, or more closely integrated with the European Union. The ENP does not apply to neighbours of the EU's outermost regions, specifically France's territories in South America, but...

[ read more ]

Theme Week Marseille - Château d’If off the coast

Theme Week Marseille - Château d’If off the coast

[caption id="attachment_24410" align="aligncenter" width="590"] Château d'If © Philippe Alès/cc-by-sa-3.0[/caption][responsivevoice_button voice="UK English Female" buttontext="Listen to this Post"]The Château d'If is a fortress (later a prison) located on the island of If, the smallest island in the Frioul Archipelago situated in the Mediterranean Sea about a mile offshore in the Bay of Marseille in southeastern France. Île d’If measures 3 hectares (0.03 km2) and is located 3.5 kilometers west of the Vieux Port in Marseille. The entire island is heavily fortified; high ramparts with gu...

[ read more ]

Return to TopReturn to Top
Alice Town - Bimini Craft Centre © flickr.com - Pietro/cc-by-sa-4.0
Bimini in the Bahamas

Bimini is the westernmost district of the Bahamas and comprises a chain of islands located about 80 kilometres (50 mi)...

Vero Theatre © SebasTorrente/cc-by-sa-3.0
Vero Beach in Florida

Vero Beach is a city in and the seat of Indian River County, Florida, with a population of 16,800. The...

George Washington Bridge, Hudson River and Hudson Palisades as seen from West 187th Street and Chittenden Avenue © Beyond My Ken/cc-by-sa-4.0
Hudson Heights in Upper Manhattan

Hudson Heights is a residential neighborhood of the Washington Heights area of Upper Manhattan, New York City. Most of the...

Close