No. 14




Convenient access to European cultural and research information

  • Toomas Schvak

    Estonian National Library research and development centre project manager

The central question when it comes to the integration of European Union member states is how to preserve the special national and cultural character of each member in such a diverse body and bind them into a whole, creating a united European identity.

One possible answer is by creating pan-European multilingual services, an endeavour that has been supported actively in the last few years by the European Commission’s research and development programmes. Since 2005, the European Library web service offers all those interested the opportunity to access information in European national libraries via one webpage. The webpage describes electronic services offered by 45 national libraries, while searches can be made in 19 library databases. The portal can be used in 16 European Union languages, including Estonian.

Full article in Estonian