The European Library


The European Library is a portal that offers access to the collections of the 48 national libraries in Europe and an increasing number of European research libraries. In December 2014 users could cross-search and reuse over 25 million digital items and over 165 million bibliographic records.

Both basic and advanced search options are available. Furthermore, it is possible to search within thematic collections of works. In December 2014, these are:

Each collection is further subdivided in other categories. In addition to this, users can browse content by discipline, contributor, language, or year of publication.

Records can be exported to popular reference management systems such as Mendeley and Zotero. Additionally, enriched search results are provided through partner organisations such as CORE. By registering (for free) it becomes possible to reuse high-quality metadata for scientific purposes ( mining). This allows users to develop applications to search and display the collections metadata and previews available on The European Library portal. It also allows for filtered searches and a standard keyword search.

The European Library is the library aggregator for Europeana (see EHPS entry on Europeana here). It is led by three major library associations: Conference of European National Librarians (CENL), Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche (LIBER) and Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL). It operates out of offices at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek (National Library of the Netherlands), The Hague.