LIBER's 2013-2015 strategy, Reinventing the Library for the Future, is based around an ambitious plan for development and growth to support the activities of our members.


They include National Libraries, University Libraries, State Libraries, Special Libraries and Library Consortia.


At its core, the plan focuses on three Key Performance Areas (KPA).


  1. Scholarly Communication and Research Infrastructures, with a focus on new developments in Scholarly Communication, primary research data and new, emerging information research infrastructures.
  2. Reshaping the Research Library, with a focus on topics such as digitisation, the role of digital heritage collections in the digital age, digital curation, re-designing library spaces and leadership. 
  3. Advocacy and Communications, with a focus on the marketing of LIBER and the benefits of membership to Europe’s libraries, as well as advocacy to EU organisations, research funders and others of the important role that libraries play in the European information chain.


In addition, LIBER has two Fora that cover activities acknowledged as essential to the core work of research libraries. They are the: 


  1. Architecture Forum, which will look at the exchange of experience between librarians and architects throughout Europe, and will attempt to raise the level of awareness of  new projects and trends.
  2. Digital Cultural Heritage Forum, which will focus on making cultural heritage meaningful for today’s online research environment and for the general public. This Forum will closely collaborate with the Consortium of European Research Libraries (CERL).


Alongside the Key Performance Areas and Fora, LIBER will also work in partnership and collaboration with other groups and library organisations in Europe to deliver a library infrastructure which meets the growing needs of library users. Our overarching goal is to support the academic mission of our members by building on existing strengths and balancing resources to maintain and improve a quality of service that befits the European researcher.


Through our work in all of these areas, we will meet the following goals by 2015:

  • Increase the provision of services and resources that meet the changing profile and increasingly high expectations of users based in LIBER institutions
  • Serve existing users and engage new audiences, using best of our collections, expertise and spaces
  • Strengthen partnerships with the EU, European University Associations and a number of cognate organisations and consortia
  • Increase advocacy activity on behalf of European libraries to the EU, LIBER member institutions, research funders, sponsors
  • Help build a workforce in LIBER member institutions whose skills continue to keep pace with change


To learn more about LIBER's strategy, please download the full document (pdf).

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