Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche

The Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche (LIBER) (Association of European Research Libraries; est. 1971) is a professional association of national and university research libraries in Europe. As of 2018 its membership includes some 400 organizations. It operates as a Dutch foundation, with headquarters in the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in The Hague.[1]

Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche
Formation1971 (1971)
Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen


The origin of LIBER sprang from a 1968 meeting of the International Federation of Library Associations.[2] Among its founders was Swiss librarian Jean-Pierre Clavel.[1]

LIBER held its first conference in Strasbourg in 1971, and continues meeting annually. Its 2018 conference will take place in Lille.[3] The group also publishes an open access journal about librarianship, LIBER Quarterly.[4]



  1. "History". Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  2. Wayne A. Wiegand; Donald G. Davis, Jr., eds. (1994). Encyclopedia of Library History. Garland. p. 347. ISBN 0824057872.
  3. "Previous Conferences". Retrieved 10 March 2018.
  4. "Publisher copyright policies & self-archiving", SHERPA/RoMEO, UK: Jisc, retrieved 10 March 2018
  5. Marko Schweizer, ed. (2005). World Guide to Library, Archive, and Information Science Associations (2nd ed.). IFLA. p. 58. ISBN 3598218400.

Further reading

issued by the association
about the association
  • Esko Häkli (2011). Innovation through Co-operation: the history of LIBER 1971-2009. Copenhagen: Museum Tusculanum Press. ISBN 9788763537919.
  • Peter Fox (2005), "Changing LIBER", in Erland Kolding Nielsen; et al. (eds.), Die innovative Bibliothek: Elmar Mittler zum 65.Geburtstag, Saur (2006 version )
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