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European Library, The


Combined searching of the resources of European national libraries.

Books and Libraries;
Library Catalogs

The European Library is a portal which offers access to the combined resources (books, magazines, journals.... - both digital and non-digital) of the 45 national libraries of Europe. It offers free searching and delivers digital objects - some free, some priced. There are two kinds of participants in The European Library: Full Participants are the national libraries of Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom, along with ICCU (the national central cataloguing institute from Italy) and CENL (the Conference of European National Librarians). The collections of the Full Participants are the first to be included (searchable) on the European Library website. Basic Participants are the other 26 European national libraries. Their collections will be included at a later stage.