100th anniversary of the National Library of Azerbaijan

In 2023, the 100th anniversary of the National Library of Azerbaijan was completed. On this occasion the International Scientific-Practical Conference on “National libraries are the protector of the spiritual memory of peoples”, The 6th meeting of the Board of Directors of National Libraries of ECO member countries, as well as various presentations and round tables were held on 20-22 September 2023.

BANG! Webinar “Libraries: Unlocking Non-Visitor Potential” – Call for Papers

The Books and Audiences Network Group is organising their annual webinar December 11th 2023. This year our webinar topic’s ‘Libraries: Unlocking Non-Visitor Potential’. We like to discuss about the people we don’t reach (yet) in our setting as book exhibitions. Who are they are and how we possibly can reach them? What approaches allow to broaden groups of visitors? Do you have any experience with this topic? A case study that turned out good or even bad? We like to hear more about it! Please send us your proposal and hopefully we’ll meet during our next webinar.

Manuscript from the collections of the National Library of Bulgaria included in the UNESCO “Memory of the World” register

A 16th-century transcript of “Masnavi-ye-Ma’navi”, the only known copy of the poet’s work at the National Library of Bulgaria, has been added to the UNESCO “Memory of the World” register. The manuscript is the work of the renowned Persian philosopher, mystic, spiritual leader, and poet Jalal al-Din Muhammad Balkhi, also known as Rumi.

2023 Hidden Stories grantees announced

The “Hidden Stories Fund” is a temporary fund to support CENL members who have new projects to collect, preserve, research and highlight the stories from, by and related to underrepresented communities in their national collections. In its meeting in September, the CENL Executive Committee reviewed all of the submissions and awarded three grants.