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

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 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