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

Join EBLIDA's The Right to e-read Campaign

07 March 2014

"EBLIDA's mission is lobbying for libraries to strengthen the position of libraries in society in Europe."

The right to E-read Campaign is seeking to raise awareness about the obstacles faced by libraries in the digital environment.

Access to digital content has become a sensitive issue in which libraries, their staff and users have a core role to play.

In the recent Public consultation on EU Copyright rules,  EBLIDA calls for copyright legislation to keep up with changes brought about by the digital age and to open up new opportunities rather than limit innovation and access to information. Under copyright issues lie fundamental questions about democracy, access to information and completion of a true knowledge society.

The "right to e-read" campaign aims at raising awareness among librarians, politicians and users and advocating for rights in claiming that:


  • We want to provide our library users with the latest e-books as we do with printed books!
  • We want to buy e-books at fair prices and on reasonable terms!
  • We want 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!
  • We want all citizens – not just those who can afford it – to benefit from free access to e-books in public libraries!


The campaign sees European library associations and institutions united in demanding the provision of e-books by libraries all over Europe and calls on the EU Commission for a clear copyright law that enables libraries to fulfill their enduring mission into the 21st century of providing all EU citizens with access to the riches of human knowledge and imagination whether in the library, offsite or online.

A campaign poster with a logo and slogans were therefore developed by the E-books Task Force headed  by Gerald Leitner. The slogan has already been translated into 18 languages (and counting).

Poster and postcard models in your language are available for download, printing and dissemination at

The campaign is gaining momentum and planning to launch a “right to e-read” day on 23rd of  April, the World Book and Copyright Day, which will be an ideal opportunity to hold press conferences in the capital cities in all participating countries. EBLIDA will organise a press conference in Brussels on "The right to e-read". Do you plan to organise one in your country? Please let us know at so that  we can coordinate and consult with you.


The campaign will also be discussed on14th May during  EBLIDA-NAPLE Conference in Athens, Greece.


Visit our campaign page and keep an eye out for further updates.



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