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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...

CERL Networks

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

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.

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.

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. Presentations held at the Printers' Devices Workshop (17/18 March 2015) are available online.


European Projects

Provenance CERL is involved in several funded projects.

Other News

CERL Newsletter, June 2015
The latest CERL Newsletter is available here.

CENDARI Summer School, 20-24 July 2015, Prague
‘Researching Medieval Culture in a Digital Environment’. Venue: Institute of Philosophy, Czech Academy of Sciences http://www.cendari.eu/summer-school-2015/

Second CERL Internship and Placement Grant on offer
Each year, CERL awards one Internship and Placement Grant to the value of 1,000 Euros. Full details about the application procedure can be found here.

CERL Annual Seminar, 27 October 2015, Antwerp
The theme of the seminar is Library History: Why, What, How? It will be held at the University Library in Antwerp. The programme, biographies of the speakers and abstracts are available here.

Manutius Network 2015
The Manutius Network 2015 is dedicated to the events for the commemoration (conferences, seminars, exhibitions) of the fifth centenary of Aldus’s death. Please contact the CERL Secretariat to have your events posted here.

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