What is the Winter Event?

The LIBER Winter Event is a one-and-a-half-day event that takes place every year in person at a LIBER Library host venue. It is designed with and for the core LIBER network; people working at LIBER Libraries across Europe, those taking part in our Working Groups and Steering Committees, and our partners from LIBER’s portfolio of International Projects and other collaborative initiatives.

The Winter Event serves as a stimulating forum for the presentation and discussion of work undertaken by LIBER Libraries across Europe. Do you want feedback on a new initiative? Advice on a project? Or are you looking to seek inspiration for the future? Through workshops and interactive sessions, the Winter Event gives LIBER members the space to set their own agenda and discuss the topics most important to their work. 

The 2024 edition will take place at the University of Maribor Library, Slovenia. The event will be preceded by a national pre-event in collaboration with the Slovenian Library Association, scheduled to take place on November 25th, 2024.

Set your own agenda; join us at the Winter Event 2024!

Who is the event for?

We invite all LIBER Participants (people working at LIBER member institutions) Working Group members and our range of partners from Projects and other collaborative activities to join us at the Winter Event.Up to 150 attendees can join us for one and a half days of interactive workshops and discussions on the core topics that drive the LIBER Strategy.  

Why should you attend?

The LIBER Winter Event will be a space for us to connect and gain new inspiration for a range of topics within our field.  

Through workshops and interactive sessions, participants get the chance to share knowledge, enjoy vibrant discussions, and collaborate on the topics at the heart of research library work. This is your chance to bring the topics that are most important to you for discussion with peers from across Europe! 


All LIBER Participants (people working at LIBER member institutions) Working Group members and our range of partners from Projects and other collaborative activities can register for the Winter Event. 



More information on registration coming soon.

Theme and Topics

The topics of interest for the Winter Event will be based on the strands of LIBER’s 2023-2027 Strategy.

The theme of the 2024 LIBER Winter Event is “Expanding Horizons: Research Libraries and Social Engagement.”


The University of Maribor Library

The University of Maribor, established in 1975, stands as Slovenia’s second-largest and second-oldest institution with 17 faculties, including the renowned University of Maribor Library. As the central hub of knowledge dissemination, the library curates, preserves, and provides access to a rich tapestry of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth, supports educational endeavours, and champions scientific research and artistic pursuits. As a guardian of cultural, scientific, and local heritage, the library plays a pivotal role in preserving the essence of Slovenian identity. Through its comprehensive collections and services, it serves as a vital learning centre, nurturing its usersacademic and personal growth. 

Co-organised by CTK
(Central Technical Library at the University of Ljubljana)

Travelling to Maribor

Maribor is conveniently located at the crossroads of a major European route, providing easy access from Western, Eastern, and Southern Europe. It is only 20 km from the Austrian border, 45 minutes from Graz, and 1.5 hours from Zagreb.

Information about the region and Maribor is available at Visit Maribor.

By plane

The nearest airports are Vienna (260 km), Ljubljana (150 km), Zagreb (132 km), and Graz (64 km).

We recommend booking a transfer to Maribor with GoOpti. Tip: Provide your accommodation address as the pick-up/drop-off location for direct service to and from your hotel.

By train

Maribor is accessible by train from several European countries.

To plan your route and calculate travel costs, use the international journey planner. Check the current timetable using the international timetable finder or an international ticket offices before your journey.

By bus

FlixBus offers easy connections to 132 destinations from Maribor, including Zagreb, Vienna, and Budapest. For more information, please find here.

By car

If you are arriving by car, please contact your hotel for parking arrangements. Please note that the University of Maribor does not provide parking for participants of the LIBER Winter Event.

Staying in Maribor


You can choose from a wide range of hotels in Maribor. We have negotiated special rates with the hotels listed below using the promo code LIBER2024.

Centrally located hotels:

Hotel City 4* (reservation: online booking, e-mail or by phone)

BB Hotel Maribor 3* (online booking)

Hotel Orel 3* (reservation at orel@hotel-orel.si or maja.medzimurec@hotel-orel.si or by phone)

Fani & Rozi rooms&café (reservation: online booking or at info@fani-rozi.si)

City Apartments Hotel Maribor (online booking)

Hotels at the foot of the Pohorje Mountains (6 km from the venue):

Hotel Habakuk 4* (reservation at booking@hotel-habakuk.si)

Hotel Arena 4* (reservation at booking@eh.si or by phone 00386 82010420)

Please check the distances between the hotels and the University of Maribor in Google Maps.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the event or the call for proposals, feel free to contact us via email: winterevent@libereurope.org



Photo Credit

Maribor photos are provided by the Maribor Tourist Board (https://www.visitmaribor.si/en/

University of Maribor photo is provided by the University of Maribor (https://www.um.si/en/)  

University of Maribor Library photo is provided by the University of Maribor Library (https://ukm.um.si/en