LIBER and COAR Join Forces to Strengthen the Role of Repositories in Europe

Posted: 19-08-2021 Topics: Repositories COAR Libraries

19 August 2021, THE HAGUE – LIBER and COAR (The Confederation of Open Access Repositories) have signed a partnership agreement with the aim of strengthening the role of repositories in Europe. This new agreement provides a framework for joint strategic actions that will reinforce the important role of libraries in sustaining and advancing open repositories in the region.

“Repositories are critical infrastructure components for open science and most European research libraries maintain at least one repository,” says LIBER President Jeannette Frey. “This new agreement defines common objectives and will ensure an enduring role for libraries in the scholarly communications ecosystem,” continues Frey. “We look forward to working with COAR to strengthen the role of repositories in 2021 and beyond.”

The Partnership Agreement outlines a number of collaborative activities including:

  • Promoting the role of repositories in open access and open science in Europe
  • Developing sustainable models for repositories and repository networks, and
  • Advancing new innovations in the repository landscape, such as the COAR Notify Project.

“COAR is fostering relationships with key national and regional partners around the world to advance the global repository network”, says Eloy Rodrigues, Chairman of COAR. “We look forward to working with LIBER to ensure that European libraries are at the forefront of repository developments and engaged with international activities and discussions”



COAR is an international association with over 150 members and partners from 50 countries on all 5 continents. COAR brings together individual repositories and repository networks in order to build capacity, align policies and practices, and act as a global voice for the repository community. Underlying COAR’s work are the fundamental principles off openness, diversity, sustainability, and innovation.



LIBER (Ligue des Bibliothèques Européennes de Recherche – Association of European Research Libraries) is the main network for research libraries in Europe. Founded in 1971, the association (a Foundation or Stichting under Dutch law from 2009) has grown steadily to include more than 440 national, university and other libraries from over 40 countries. Together we work to represent the interests of European research libraries, their universities and their researchers in several key areas. We lobby policymakers on issues such as Copyright and Open Access. We collaborate with our member libraries on European-funded projects and through events such as our Annual Conference, we create opportunities for library professionals to meet and learn from each other.