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The voice of Libraries in Europe!

The European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations is an independent umbrella association of library, information, documentation and archive associations and institutions in Europe.

"Lobbying for Libraries"

What is the goal of the campaign?

We have  two main goals with this campaign:

1. Provide information and raise awareness

- Inform the public, policy makers and politicians about what is happening in today’s libraries;

- Raise awareness about obstacles faced by libraries;

- Engage librarians, politicians and the general public into the campaign.

2. Provoke changes and ensure legal certainty for libraries

a.) We want:

  • - Libraries to provide library users with the latest e-books as they do printed book!

  • - Libraries to buy e-books at fair prices and on reasonable terms!

  • - Authors to receive fair payment for the lending of e-books as they do for printed books by extending Public Lending Right to include the loan of e-books by public libraries!

  • - All citizens – not just those who can afford it – to benefit from free access to e-books in public libraries!

b.) Find short term solutions in drafting Fair licensing models and engage with publishers;

c.) Define a middle long-term copyright reform defining a clear copyright law that enables the provision of e-books by libraries all over Europe. of the International WIPO Copyright Treaty.

d.) We want to stimulate and accelerate the process of creating  clear copyright law that enables the provision of e-books by libraries all over Europe.

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