The National Library is at the heart of a diverse ecosystem of national and international partners. Networking and the pooling of resources and skills of national, public and specialised libraries guarantee optimal dissemination of heritage at both national and international levels.
In 1985, the BnL took the initiative in founding a network of Luxembourg’s libraries called bibnet.lu. The bibnet.lu network now brings together about 90 libraries of cultural institutions, universities and schools, public libraries and specialist libraries. The bibnet.lu network is coordinated by the National Library, which is also responsible for maintaining and developing the IT tools that are used by all members of the network. It performs this task in collaboration with Luxembourg’s Government IT Centre (CTIE). The bibnet.lu network works closely with Consortium Luxembourg. The collections of all the participating libraries are referenced in a shared catalogue that is accessed via the a-z.lu online search engine.
Consortium Luxembourg is responsible for acquiring and managing electronic publications. It is of vital importance in developing a know-
ledge society and enables all kinds of publications to be made available to scientists, researchers, government officials and employees as well as the general public. The BnL coordinates Consortium Luxembourg and is responsible for administration, software evaluation, access and negotiation of licences and subscriptions. The other partners of the Consortium along with the National Library are the University of Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH). The Consortium collaborates with the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg, the Luxembourg Institute of Socio-Economic Research (LISER), the Institut de Formation de l’Éducation Nationale (IFEN) and the Service de coordination de la recherche et de l’innovation pédagogiques et technologiques (SCRIPT). In 2017, a cooperation between the BnL, the Ministry of the Civil Service and the Government IT Centre (CTIE) gave rise to the government library, bibgov.lu. This makes specialist digital resources available to ministries and public administrations. Consortium Luxembourg also coordinates and manages the ebooks.lu project, a free online service for borrowing e-books and digital audiobooks in French, German and English that is accessible to readers of the National Library, the Bicherbus and several public libraries in Luxembourg.
High council of libraries
The National Library is a member and provides the secretariat of the High Council of Libraries.
The amended law of 24 June 2010 on public libraries defines for the first time in Luxembourg a legal framework for these libraries. This law does not cover all publicly funded libraries, but municipal and community libraries, provided that they have been approved by the Minister for Culture. Among the conditions that public libraries must fulfil in order to obtain State approval, the Chamber of Deputies has retained the compulsory membership of the national network of Luxembourg libraries.
The BnL is an active member of the following organisations.
- Association des archivistes luxembourgeois (VLA)
- Association Luxembourgeoise des Bibliothécaires, Archivistes et Documentalistes (ALBAD)
- Cercle d'étudiants des Bibliothécaires, Archivistes et Documentalistes (JonkBAD)
- Conseil des archives
- Conseil national du livre
- Réseau francophone numérique (RFN)
- Karlsruher virtueller Katalog (KVK)
- International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA)
- Ligue des bibliothèques européennes de recherche (LIBER)
- International Internet Preservation Consortium (IIPC)
- European Bureau of Library Information and Documentation (EBLIDA)
- The International Group of Ex Libris Users, dont le groupe de travail Linked Open Data (IGeLU)
- German, Austrian and Swiss Consortia Organisation (GASCO)
- InternationaI Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC)
- United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG)
- Conference of European National Librarians (CENL)
- Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL)
- Association internationale francophone des bibliothécaires et documentalistes (AIFBD)
- Open Preservation Foundation
- Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC)
- Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL)