ANALYSIS/ To understand the difficulties of the virtual library, click here14 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.
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.