Since 2002, the National Library has been digitising Luxembourg’s printed heritage (including periodicals, books, posters and postcards). These documents are available for consultation for free on the online portal eluxemburgensia.lu. The process of mass digitisation encourages the publication of cultural heritage, makes it easier to access and supports new research methods. Digitisation also helps ensure that documents are preserved in optimal condition.
Searching and viewing
You do not need a library card to access content on eluxemburgensia.lu. In compliance with copyright requirements, digitised documents can be downloaded in PDF format or sent by email.
Most of the National Library’s digitised resources are available in fulltext mode, that is to say, thanks to OCR (optical character recognition), you can perform a full-text search.
In addition to searching for keywords, you can also search for specific time periods or document types on eluxemburgensia.lu. You can then refine the search by adding several keywords or using the Advanced Search function.
The National Library, in accordance with its legal missions defined by the amended law of 25 June 2004 on the reorganisation of the State's cultural institutes (Art. 9, 10 and 11), collects and preserves all of Luxembourg's publications and has the mission of guaranteeing access to its collections for as many people as possible, including through remote consultation using the most modern data transmission technologies.
Its programme of mass digitisation of the national heritage is precisely in line with this perspective and in the context of the European Union's objectives to make Europe's cultural and intellectual heritage accessible online. By digitising and putting Luxembourg's monographs and periodicals online, the BnL is responding to a growing demand from the general public and from scientific research, which is increasingly interested in digital humanities.
Mass digitisation makes the national written heritage more visible and more easily accessible, while guaranteeing the optimal conservation of originals that are weakened by their age and/or frequent use.