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Europeana Libraries

Aggregating digital content from Europe's libraries

Europeana Libraries brought the digital collections of 19 of Europe's leading research libraries to Europeana and The European Library.

Posted on Wednesday September 10, 2014

Updated on Monday November 6, 2023

1 January 2011 to 31 December 2012
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The content includes:

  • 1,200 film and video clips
  • 850,000 images
  • 4.3 million texts (books, journal articles, theses, letters)

Europeana Libraries created a valuable resource for scholars and built a robust network of national, university and research libraries, supported by Europe's major research library organisations.


  • 5 Million Objects: Digitised books, films and images are freely available online. Subjects range from Oriental manuscripts to Spanish civil war photographs and represent a wide geographical spread that covers the length and breadth of Europe.
  • Full-text Indexing: This is the first cultural digitisation project that incorporates full-text indexing and searching capabilities. This creates the potential for in-depth academic study of all texts brought together by Europeana Libraries.
  • Representation: Europeana Libraries provided research libraries with a platform to promote their collections to the widest possible audience. It lays the foundation on which a critical mass of research resources can be based.
  • Aggregation: This project unites content from several libraries and creates a single channel for contributing library content to Europeana and The European Library. The model is efficient, cost-effective and capable of being extended to research libraries across Europe.
  • High Quality Metadata: The quality and structure of library metadata will be improved. This will make online searching more accurate and user-friendly. New features such as timelines and maps will also be supported.


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