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Association of European Research Libraries (LIBER)

LIBER was founded as an association in 1971 under the auspices of the Council of Europe.The driving force behind the new association was a small dedicated group of European librarians, led by Jean-Pierre Clavel, Director of the Bibliothèque Cantonale et Universitaire, Lausanne. Their goal was to give European research libraries, national and university, a distinctive and compelling voice in the international library community. The chosen name LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche) was redolent of both books and freedom.

In the years following its establishment, LIBER’s growth mirrored changes happening politically in Europe as the sudden collapse of Communism in the late 1980s led to new contacts between libraries and scholars. This ‘new dawn’ of renewed contact for library professionals across the whole Europe restored co-operation laid the foundation for the robust research network that exists today.Read More...