National libraries collect and preserve the written, published and recorded output of their nations, and make it accessible to users in the present day and far into the future.
Europe’s national libraries are as varied and diverse as the nations whose memories they hold.
CENL, the Conference of European National Librarians, brings these great institutions together to celebrate and promote the importance of national libraries across the continent, creating opportunities to meet and work together to exchange knowledge, foster professional excellence and build mutual understanding.
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Members of CENL are the national librarians of the member states of the Council of Europe. Since 1987, CENL has worked to advance the cause of Europe’s national libraries, reinforcing our special role in preserving the continent’s cultural heritage and making it accessible to all.