The Digital Library Consortium


The Digital Library Consortium manages the largest digital library in Luxembourg. It is a key player in developing the knowledge society, serving academia, research and the general public through a national access policy. The current offer (December 2016) consists of 55.000 electronic journal titles, 165.000 scientific eBooks and 350 specialised databases and reference platforms in English, French and German which can all be accessed at The Consortium is also managing, a project offering patrons of public libraries access to 73.700 fiction and non-fiction ebooks in French, German and English.

Its origin is the digital library launched in 2002 by the National Library of Luxembourg. (Luckily, the service has a copy of the original as it appeared in 2002.) This project evolved into the current “Consortium Luxembourg pour l’acquisition et la gestion de publications électroniques”, a department of the National Library which centralises administration and licence negotiation. The National Library’s IT services also manage its hard- and software in cooperation with the Luxembourg State computing center (CTIE).

Membership in the Consortium has grown constantly over the years. In 2006 the University of Luxembourg joined, followed in 2009 by the public research centers Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (formerly CRP Henri Tudor and CRP Gabriel Lippmann) and Luxembourg Institute of Health (formerly CRP Santé). In 2014, the Consortium members decided on a multi-annual project to reassess infrastructures, diversify services and further improve statistics and back-office tools to ensure that digital library services in Luxembourg remain cost-effective and future-proof. From 2016 onward, membership in the Consortium is expected to expand through the gradual roll-out of additional new membership models. A first concrete result is an MOU signed with the Max Planck Institute Luxembourg in March 2016.

The first dedicated digital library portal was launched in 2006 at the address, based on MetaLib by Exlibris. This first portal is not under active development any longer. Since 2014, the new delivery platform for all consortial content is at, the National Library’s search engine based on the ExLibris Primo discovery solution. New services include a massive cloud-based index of several 100 million references, a fully responsive interface as well as integration with more than 80 catalogues of the libraries.

The current team of Consortium Luxembourg is Juliane Schulze, adminstration and licensing; Teresa Fernandez, metadata and statistics; and Patrick Peiffer, head of consortium. Our offices are in the Kirchberg Annex of the National Library at 31, blvd Adenauer; L-1115 Luxembourg.

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