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Promoting Europe's cultural heritage in print and manuscript

CERL seeks to share resources and expertise between research libraries with a view to improving access to, as well as exploitation and preservation of the European printed heritage in the hand-press period (up to c. 1830). The organisation was formed in 1992 on the initiative of research libraries in many European countries and legally came into being in June 1994. For a good overview of CERL services and activities see, Ingeborg Versprille, Marian Lefferts and Cristina Dondi, 'The Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL): twenty years of promoting Europe's cultural heritage in print and manuscript', in 027.7 Zeitschrift für Bibliothekskultur, 2,1 (2014): Konsortien & Konsorten, pp. 30-40. Online journal of the University of Basel, Switzerland, ISSN 2296-0597. Read more...

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CERL Networks

CERL Security Network The CERL Security Network coordinates information about on-going security issues of relevance for collections. Read more...

Manuscripts Expert Group The Manuscripts Expert Group acts as a forum for curatorial concerns, and to enhance understanding and practical cooperation among curators across Europe. Read more...

CERL Bookbindings Working Group The CERL Bookbindings Working Group aims to foster collaboration between book binding projects, and encourage the use of standards across these project. Read more...

Seminars and Workshops

CERL Seminars and Workgroups CERL organises frequent seminars and workshops which address topical issues relating to the care of our heritage collections. The presentations held at the CERL Seminars are available here.

European Projects

Provenance CERL is involved in several funded projects, covering a variety of topics and with a wide range of European partners. Read more...

Other News

CERL Security Network Summerschool (The Hague, 6-8 September
The Security Network invites you to a summer school on Security issues. Curators and security officers from libraries and archives are invited to spend a few days at a course where we aim to share knowledge on topics like collection security, reading the behaviour of your readers, legal aspects, national and international collaboration, what to do after a theft, embedding security in the wider organisation, and digital security. The programme is available here.

CERL Conference in Athens, 20-21 March 2017
A two-day event on “The opening up of private and religious libraries to scholarship” was held in Athens on 20-21 March 2017. It focused on the subject of Greek libraries, their management, the promotion of their collaboration, and the integration of their resources. It was co-organised by CERL, the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation (IAL), and the Gennadius Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. On 20 March there was a conference titled “Greek research and historical libraries: opportunities for connection and collaboration” and on 21 March a workshop titled “Library management workshop: security, conservation, cataloguing, digitisation and funding”. The programme is available here: English and Greek.

CERL Newsletter - December 2016
The latest CERL Newsletter is available here.

CERL Papers XII - La Stampa Romana nella città dei papi e in Europa
The volume includes all papers presented on 11 November 2011 at the annual CERL Seminar hosted by the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, as well as a number of supplementary contributions, and can be ordered here.

CERL Papers XIII - Signa Vides - Researching and recording printers' devices
The papers were presented at the CERL Workshop hosted by the National Library of Austria, Vienna on 17-18 March 2015, and can be downloaded here.

Library History. Why, What, How?
The CERL 2015 seminar focused on the study of the history of libraries and library collections, to gain information to support a library’s collection and conservation policies, to better understand its particular features and to strengthen its attraction for a broad public, but also as a form of cultural history: libraries have always been at the heart of intellectual life, and have functioned as nodes within the Republic of Letters. All papers have now been published in Quaerendo 46:2-3 (2016)

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