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Conference of European National Librarians (CENL)

The Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) is the independent association of the directors of the European national libraries, in which currently 49 libraries from 46 member countries of the Council of Europe are represented. Their aim is to promote co-operation between European national libraries.

The chair of CENL is the president of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Bruno Racine. The secretariat is likewise based in the German National Library. CENL is a foundation under Dutch law.

The members of CENL meet annually in September in a different country to discuss general issues, political developments, programmes, projects and co-operation possibilities. The current main issues are

  • Digitisation
  • Collection and long-term archiving of electronic publications
  • Materials protection and preservation
  • Multi-lingual authority files in national libraries
  • Activities of libraries within the library promotion programme of the European Union (EU) and reuse of the results of studies and projects

The European national libraries offer the free online service The European Library and are partners in the European digital library, museum and archive Europeana. The European Library provides uniform access to the libraries and their services through standard preparation of information and an integrated search of the catalogues and collections of currently 46 European national libraries.

Last update: 21.2.2012

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