The long road to a European Digital Library

Article published on Oct. 4, 2006
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Article published on Oct. 4, 2006

ANALYSIS/ To understand the difficulties of the virtual library, click here

14 December 2004 Google launches Google Print23 January 2005 Reaction from the president of the French National Library (BNF), Jean-Noël Jeanneney, in the newspaper Le Monde.28 April 2005 Six European leaders send an open letter to European institutions demanding the creation of a virtual European library7 July 2005 The President of the Commission, Durao-Barroso, responds positively to the request and explains that the EU is willing to coordinate the project.30 September 2005 –20 January 2006 The EC launches an online consultation in all the affected sectors, both public and private.25 August 2006 Recommendation from the Commission to member states.

Future predictions

2006 Cooperation between national libraries within CENEL, the Centre for New Literary Spaces.2008 The library will offer multilingual access to a minimum of 2 million electronic books from the collections of national libraries.2010 The library will have minimum holdings of 6 million electronic documents, including numerous museum archives, libraries and publishing houses.