Europeana: a single access point to Europe's cultural heritage

25 December 2008
Europeana:  a single access point to Europe's cultural heritage

Europeana 25 Dezember 2008

A European digital library for all – researchers, professionals and the public

Europeana is the common access point to the collections of European libraries, archives and museums from all around Europe. Europeana providing direct online access to at least 2 million items. Europeana is a simple but powerful tool for finding resources from all over Europe. Books, journals, films, maps, photos, music etc. will be available for everyone to consult – and to use, copyright permitting. For example, the library will be a rich source of materials for the creative and information industries in developing new products and services, for tourism and for teaching.

Experience shows that online library services work. Gallica, the online section of the French National Library, gets 4 000 downloads a day and 1.5 million hits a month.

Adding material and improving search tools

After the launch of the prototype, Europeana will be developed into a fully operational service, and more content will be added to the library. In 2010 over 10 million digital items should be accessible.

New features – such as annotation tools for researchers – may be developed and added to Europeana in response to user demand. And in due course, the intention is for users to contribute materials too (through an open-source approach, like Wikipedia ).

A decentralised library managed by experts

The European digital library will not be brought together into a single database but Europeana will be a single access point, linking up to databases all over Europe. Users will no longer need to search digital libraries individually to find what they are looking for.

The single access point ("portal") will be run by the European Digital Library Foundation. Created on 8 November 2007, the Foundation is a collection of European cultural institutions – all committed to the project but retaining their independence, for example in hiring staff or seeking sponsorship.

Its founding members include European associations of libraries, archives, museums and audiovisual archives. The operational structure supporting Europeana is hosted by the Dutch National Library.

The European Library Conference of European National Librarians

EuropeanaLocal EFG - The European Film Gateway

What does "EUROPEANA" mean?

EUROPEANA is the Latin word for "European" and, here, is shorthand for "Bibliotheca Europeana", the European Library. Major libraries have often been given Latin names (e.g. Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Bibliotheca Bodleiana, Bibliotheca Gallica).

EUROPEANA also means "European things", which refers to the rich cultural content and to the different types of media (books, newspapers, music, films and maps) which will be made available.


Austria Österreichische Staatsarchiv Austria Österreichischer Mediathek Austria Österreichische Nationalbibliothek

Belgium Vlaamse Kunstcollectie Belgium Universiteitsbibliotheek Gent Belgium Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België / Bibliothèque royale de Belgique Belgium Musee Royal de Mariemont

Cyprus Cyprus Library

Czech Národní knihovna Ceské republiky

Estonia Eesti Rahvusraamatukogu

Europe Video Active Europe Multilingual Inventory of Cultural Heritage in Europe Europe Dismarc - discovering music archives Europe ACE Association des Cinémathèques Européennes Europe The European Library

Finland Svenska litteratursällskapet i Finland Finland Seinäjoki Public Library-Provincial Library Finland Kansalliskirjasto

France Bibliothèque nationale de France France Cité de la musique France France Institut national de l’Audiovisuel France Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France France Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique

Germany Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg Germany Die Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden (SLUB) Germany BAM (Bibliotheken, Archive, Museen) portal Germany Bayerische Staatsbibliothek Germany digiCULT Museen SH Germany Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg Germany Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen

Greece University of Patras -Library & Information Center

Hungary Országos Széchényi Könyvtár

Iceland Landsbókasafn Íslands - Háskólabókasafn

Italy Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza Italy Fondazione Federico Zeri Università di Bologna Italy MiBAC - Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali Italy Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze

Latvia Latvijas Nacionâlâ Bibliotçka

Luxembourg CVCE — Centre Virtuel de la Connaissance sur l’Europe Luxemburg Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg

Netherlands Het Geheugen van Nederland Netherlands Rijksmuseum Netherlands Nationaal Archief

Norway Nasjonalbiblioteket

Poland Biblioteka Narodowa

Portugal Biblioteca de Arte - Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian Portugal Universidade do Porto Portugal Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal Portugal Direcção Geral de Arquivos Romania cIMeC - Institutul de Memorie Cultural?

Serbia Narodna Biblioteka Srbije

Slovakia Slovenská národná knižnica Slovakia Slovak National Gallery Slovenia Narodna in univerzitetna knjižnica Slovenia Inštitut za matematiko, fiziko in mehaniko

Spain Biblioteca Nacional de España Spain Ministerio de Cultura Spain Biblioteca Valenciana Spain Xunta de Galicia Spain Biblioteca de Catalunya

Sweden Statens ljud- och bildarkiv Sweden Statens arkiv, Riksarkivet Sweden Knowledge Management in Museums Sweden Riksantikvarieämbetet

Switzerland Musées lausannois

United Kingdom Scran United Kingdom Museums Libraries Archives Council United Kingdom The Natural History Museum United Kingdom The British Library United Kingdom National Maritime Museum