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.
The Heritage of the Printed Book in Europe, c. 1455 - c. 1830. A database of records from major European and North American research libraries.
Multi-lingual information about names of persons and places found in catalogues of books of the hand-press period.
Cross-searching of catalogues of European manuscript materials, with the option to search selected early-printed books databases.
Material Evidence in Incunabula
MEI is a database designed to record and search the material evidence of 15th century printed books.
Two publications about CERL and MEI:
Francesca Nepori, 'Et amicorum et MEI', in Vedi anche. Notiziario della Sezione Ligure dell'Associazione Italiana Biblioteche, vol. 24 N. 1 (2014) - ISSN 2281-0617. Read more...
Guildhall Library (London) blogs about being the first library to join MEI: 'Incunabula Project', April 2014 Read more...
Find out about CERL's networks, projects and collaborative working groups.
Seminars and Workshops
The Consortium holds annual international seminars and regular regional and national workshops.
Can You Help? for provenance queries. Bibliography of provenance sources. Records for book owners in the CERL Thesaurus.
This site is archived as part of the initiative of the UK Web Archiving Consortium
Provenance Conference, 11 March 2015, London
A coordinated approach to recording and searching provenance records and images: moving forward. Sponsored by IFLA RBSC, The Warburg Institute, CERL, 15cBOOKTRADE, CILIP. Read more...
Workshop on Researching and Recording Printers’ Devices – New Perspectives, 17-18 March, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Vienna
The need to include images in the description of early printed books cannot be denied. Printer’s devices combine pictures, texts (mottoes) and printer-related information in very elaborated and variable ways, which ask for specific bibliographical tools. This workshop provides an overview of what electronic data and knowledge experts in printers’ devices hold. Admission free; please register at: email@example.com. Read more...
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.
CERL Annual Seminar, 27 October 2015, Antwerp
The theme of the seminar is Library History: why, what and how? and will be held at the University Library in Antwerp. The programme, biographies of the speakers and abstracts will be available here.
CERL Newsletter December 2014
The latest CERL Newsletter is now available here.
CERL in a Venn diagram
An overview of all CERL activities and services, and their users is available here.
Download CERL Papers I to III for free
Over the years, Eric White, Curator of Special Collections, Bridwell Library, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, has been gathering data on the edition size, or print-run, of incunabula, a notoriously elusive subject. He has kindly agreed to make the c.280 records available to the wider community via CERL.
PowerPoint presentation on the Heritage of the Printed Book database
Jana Hentschke presented the latest HPB developments and data loads to colleagues during a Workshop on Tools for Provenance and Bibliographical Research, at Glasgow University Library on 24 November last year. Her PowerPoint presentation is now available.
- Europeana Cloud project blog post.