On 12 and 13 June, almost 40 librarians and documentarians from the EU institutions, bodies and agencies visited Europol and Eurojust for the Annual General Meeting of Eurolib, the network of libraries and information centres of the European Union and associated institutions. Representatives from these libraries came together to discuss cooperation, best practice and new initiatives for subjects such as e-books in libraries, preservation of EU publications, discovery tools, tender procedures and many other topics. Our guests had the opportunity to visit the premises of both Eurojust and Europol to learn about the activities and goals of these agencies. The programme also included a presentation from the European Bureau of Library, Information and Documentation Associations as well as a visit to the Peace Palace Library and the International Criminal Court.
The goal of Eurolib is to promote a wider awareness of the contribution the European Union and associated libraries make to the institutions they serve. Through inter-library collaboration, Eurolib seeks to enhance the professional performance of the staff of the members’ libraries. It helps participating libraries achieve economies of investment in technology, acquisitions and services. Eurolib is developing common bibliographic control tools and provides high-quality library services.