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.
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The CERL Security Network coordinates information about on-going security issues of relevance for collections. Read more...
The Manuscripts Expert Group acts as a forum for curatorial concerns, and to enhance understanding and practical cooperation among curators across Europe. Read more...
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 Seminar at Yale, Friday 21 April 2017
CERL Conference in Athens, 20-21 March 2017
CERL Newsletter - December 2016
CERL Papers XII - La Stampa Romana nella città dei papi e in Europa
CERL Papers XIII - Signa Vides - Researching and recording printers' devices
Library History. Why, What, How?
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