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ICOLC Statement on the Global COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Library Services and Resources

This statement, written on behalf of the many library consortia across the world that participate in ICOLC (International Coalition of Library Consortia), and the individual libraries these consortia represent, has two purposes. It is intended to help publishers and other content providers from whom we license electronic information resources and purchase printed content (hereafter simply referred to as publishers) understand better how the current global COVID-19 pandemic affects the worldwide information community. Its second purpose is to suggest a range of approaches that we believe are in the mutual best interest of libraries and the providers of information services.

The ICOLC participating consortia consider the current crisis of such significance that we cannot simply assume that libraries and publishers share a common perspective about the magnitude of the crisis and the best approaches to cope with it. ICOLC members have been exchanging perspectives about how the global COVID-19 pandemic will impact consortia and their member libraries.

At this time according to UNESCO, partial or complete university and school closures in 49 countries have canceled or suspended classes for 391 million students.

Many college and university students will be completing the current academic term in an entirely on-line format, so the campus communities can practice social distancing as recommended by the World Health Organization and many other national and global health agencies.

We ask that Publishers immediately consider:

  1. Making any relevant content and data sets about COVID-19, Coronaviruses (regardless of species affected), vaccines, antiviral drugs, etc. currently behind subscription-only paywalls Open Access immediately to facilitate research, guide community public health response, and accelerate the discovery of treatment options.
  2. Removing and waiving all simultaneous user limits to an institution’s licensed digital content during this period when universities are going all online in order to allow research, discovery, and learning to proceed.
  3. Lifting existing contractual ILL restrictions or photocopying limits temporarily so that libraries may assist our students to complete their term.
  4. Allowing the maximum extent of copyright limitations, exception and fair use, even if contractually restricted, to enable institutions to continue their vital teaching missions as campuses transition to an online, remote format.

We ask that publishers begin planning to:

  1. Allow flexible renewal periods and lengthened payment due dates as we do not know the future impacts on health or business operations for either consortium staff who facilitate the renewal, or for the librarians at our member institutions. If the regular renewal cycle is disrupted, we ask that publishers keep access on for our member libraries, even though the consortium’s or institution’s current agreement may have expired.
  2. Delay or minimize any planned price increases until the upheaval and disruption that we are seeing in our user communities, public health systems, and stock markets all over the world calms. The financial impacts on institutions of higher education and the global economy are as yet unknown, and price increases will add even more pressure to already-stressed universities and municipalities. In stable times, standardized pricing and terms may work relatively well. But today, libraries will be under heavy pressure to divert financial resources to other areas of immediate concern within the institution or local government.
  3. Develop plans to temporarily lift paywalls or develop alternative methods of authentication to allow access to subscribed content if traditional campus authentication mechanisms (VPNs, proxy servers) are overloaded under the increased traffic.
  4. Lift campus-only restrictions, so that teaching activities can continue online and remotely, despite University closures.

We encourage publishers to work together with consortia and libraries for the benefit of all communities. Library consortia are uniquely positioned to be the most effective and efficient means to preserve the customer base for publishers and create solutions that provide the greatest good for the greatest number.

It is in the best interest of both publishers and consortia to seek creative solutions that allows critical access to publisher content for the research and public health communities.

In combination, we suggest these approaches as a way to advance the conversations among libraries, consortia, and publishers, who all hope to provide as much information as possible to the users who need it. We believe our recommendations provide a solid foundation for the information community, including the publishers of scholarly information, to go forward together in these difficult times.

We want to express appreciation to the information services community for steps they are taking to address the global crisis.


Contact Persons:

ICOLC Coordinating Committee Members:

  • Rick Burke, Chair (2018-2021), Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium | SCELC | USA
  • Anita Cocchia (2019-2022), British Columbia Electronic Library Network | BC ELN | Canada
  • Teri Gallaway (2018-2021), The Louisiana Library Network | LOUIS | USA
  • Lucy Harrison (2019-2022), GeorgiA LIbrary LEarning Online | GALILEO | USA
  • George Machovec (2017-2020), Colorado Alliance of Research Libraries | Colorado Alliance | USA
  • Sandrine Malotaux (2018-2020), Consortium unifié des établissements universitaires et de recherche pour l’accès aux publications numériques | Couperin | France
  • Patrick Peiffer (2020-2022), Consortium Luxembourg | Luxembourg
  • Pim Slot (2020-2022), SURFmarket | UKB | The Netherlands
  • Glenn Truran, South African National Library and Information Consortium | SANLiC | South Africa
  • Celeste Feather, ex officio for administration, LYRASIS | USA

About ICOLC:

The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) is an informal, self-organized group currently comprising approximately 200 library consortia in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Africa. The member consortia serve all types and sizes of libraries. ICOLC has been in existence since 1996.

ICOLC supports participating consortia by facilitating discussion on issues of common interest. Twice per year ICOLC conducts meetings dedicated to keeping participating consortia informed about new electronic information resources, pricing practices of electronic information providers and vendors, and other issues of importance to directors, governing boards, and libraries of consortia. From time to time ICOLC also issues statements regarding topics which affect libraries and library consortia.

More information about ICOLC can be found at

Tageblatt and Quotidien not available anymore via Pressreader

Please note that Tageblatt and Quotidien are not available anymore via Pressreader. The publisher Editpress cancelled their contract with Pressreader.

The National Library is working on an alternative to offer online access to Luxembourgish press in the near future.


Veuillez noter que Tageblatt et Quotidien ne sont plus accessibles sur la plateforme Pressreader. L’éditeur Editpress a résilié le contrat avec Pressreader.

La Bibliothèque nationale travaille sur une alternative pour offrir un accès en ligne à la presse luxembourgeoise dans un avenir proche.


Online journals and newspapers accessible with your library card

Pressreader: Access over 6,000+ newspapers and magazines from around the world, in 60+ languages

Europresse c’est près de 14 000 sources d’information, plus de 500 millions de documents d’archives disponibles dans tous les domaines, sur les 5 continents et dans 25 langues, près de 4.5 millions d’études et rapports, plus de 160 000 fiches biographiques.

RetroNews: la plateforme de référence de la presse numérisée de la Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) proposant 15 millions d’articles des principaux titres de la presse d’information générale sur 3 siècles (1631-1945), en presse politique, satirique, régionale, littéraire.

eLuxemburgensia: le patrimoine imprimé luxembourgeois (e.a. périodiques, livres, affiches, cartes postales) numérisé par BnL.



Un atlas pour comprendre l’espace mondial contemporain

L’atelier de cartographie et la Bibliothèque de Sciences Po ont le plaisir de vous annoncer la publication de latlas numérique Espace mondial, un projet expérimental d’édition numérique innovante de diffusion en libre accès de contenus scientifiques et pédagogiques issus des enseignements de Sciences Po.

Riche de plus de 80 articles et de 200 cartes et graphiques téléchargeables, cet outil entièrement bilingue (français / anglais) et accessible à tous permet d’explorer le monde contemporain et de mieux en comprendre les enjeux.

Né de la volonté de proposer de nouveaux types de contenus et d’élargir le lectorat de l’Atlas de la mondialisation, manuel de référence publié aux Presses de Sciences Po depuis 2006, cet atlas numérique s’adresse à tous, étudiants de 1er cycle, lycéens, enseignants du secondaire et du supérieur.

L’Atlas aborde les principaux enjeux internationaux de façon transdisciplinaire en croisant les approches de cartographes géographes et politistes spécialistes des relations internationales. Il est également disponible sous la forme d’un livre publié aux Presses de Sciences Po.

Explorez l’Atlas !


New Ebooks from Taylor & Francis

Consortium Luxembourg is now offering access to three new ebook collections from Taylor & Francis (T&F).

All of these ebooks are accessible remotely for users with a library card from the National Library and University of Luxembourg as well as the LIST and the LIH. You will have unlimited access to the books without any Digital Rights Management, so no further software for reading or downloading pdfs is needed.

AI and Machine Learning

This ebook collection presents CRC Press/Taylor and Francis’ growing list of outstanding titles in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. The publications in this area range from fundamental and theoretical concepts to advanced applications. The collection explores safety, security, and ethical concerns in AI and Machine Learning, as well as cutting edge topics, such as deep learning, autonomous vehicles, autonomous networks, and robotics. Books on various applications of AI and Machine Learning, such as Industrial Applications, AI and Robotics in Agriculture, and AI for Drug Development and Healthcare are also featured.

Data Science

Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the field, this ebook collection brings together titles from statistics, computer science, IT, and business. The books in this collection present research and applications in the field, including new statistical and computational techniques. Cutting edge topics are featured in the collection, including data analysis, data privacy, data analytics in healthcare, sports, business, education, arts and humanities, and politics. Many of the titles in the collection also provide guidance on the use of software for data science, including R, Python, and Julia.

Green Technology and Energy

Taylor & Francis, with its CRC Press and Routledge imprints, has a long-established publishing program in green technology and energy engineering. This ebook collection offers a wide range of types of book- from student textbooks to practical references for professionals to the research level. T&F is especially known for their books on renewable energy technology, and have included numerous titles on solar, wind, hydro, geothermal, and more. Also included are titles on environmental sustainability, as well as green approaches to traditional industries, and those that address the challenges of global climate change and offer potential solutions.

All ebooks can be also found in

Bluefire Reader app for ebooks retired

Veuillez prendre note que l’application BlueFire Reader pour lire des livres numériques a été retirée définitivement du Google Play Store et sera retirée de l’Apple app store mi-août.
Comme alternative nous vous proposons d’utiliser l’application « Adobe Digital Editions » pour Android ou iOS que vous trouverez dans le Google Play Store ou l’Apple Store.

Si vous utilisez BlueFirer Reader à présent il se peut que le téléchargement de nouveaux livres ne soit plus possible. Dans ce cas-là vous recevriez un message d’erreur.

Pour plus d’informations rendez-vous sur
Si vous avez des questions à nous poser contactez-nous par courriel


Please note that the app BlueFire Reader to read ebooks has been retired from the Google Play Store and will be retired mid of August from the Apple Store.
As an alternative, we suggest to download the app “Adobe Digital Editions” for Android or iOS from Google Play Store or Apple Store.

If you are still using BlueFire Reader it might be that you can no longer download new books. You will get an error message in this case.

Please have a look at for more information.
If you have any question feel free to send an email to


Bitte beachten Sie, dass die App BlufireReader nicht mehr unterstützt wird. Sie ist nicht mehr im Google Play Store verfügbar und wird voraussichtlich ab Mitte August auch aus dem Apple Store herausgenommen.
Als Alternative können Sie den Ebook-Reader „Adobe Digital Editions“ für Android oder iOS im Google Play Store oder Apple Store herunterladen.

Falls Sie gegenwärtig noch BlueFire Reader benutzen, kann es sein, dass der Download neuer Bücher nicht mehr möglich ist. In diesem Fall erhalten Sie eine Fehlermeldung.

Mehr Informationen finden Sie auf

Wenn Sie noch weitere Fragen haben, wenden Sie sich bitte an

Accès test: Corpus de la littérature narrative du Moyen Âge au xxe siècle


Dans le cadre d’un accès d’essai ayant cours jusqu’au 13 mai 2019, vous pourrez consulter le Corpus de la littérature narrative du Moyen Âge au xxe siècle via Classiques Garnier.

Coproduit par les Classiques Garnier et le CNED – ministère de l’Éducation nationale, le Corpus de la littérature narrative est une bibliothèque virtuelle généraliste qui couvre tous les programmes (collèges, lycées et universités). Le spécialiste et le chercheur y trouveront des textes référencés et édités selon les règles de l’édition scientifique.

Le Corpus de la littérature narrative propose l’accès en ligne à plus de 1 000 œuvres narratives (romans, contes, nouvelles).
De Chrétien de Troyes à Alain-Fournier et Marcel Proust, le Corpus de littérature narrative réunit les plus grands auteurs et les plus grandes œuvres de ces huit derniers siècles et offre la possibilité de les interroger de façon simple ou complexe.

Le texte
Le texte de base choisi pour l’édition électronique correspond au texte original de l’œuvre dans la dernière édition du vivant de l’auteur et approuvée par lui. Si ce texte n’existe pas, le texte considéré comme le plus fiable par les spécialistes est retenu (une autre édition du vivant, l’une des éditions posthumes, un manuscrit, etc.).

Les niveaux d’édition des textes

  • L’édition diplomatique: le texte original choisi est édité à l’absolu identique
  • L’édition en graphie moderne lorsqu’il est nécessaire
  • L’édition en traduction pour la période médiévale (accompagne la version en ancien français)


Moyen Âge

I – Textes en ancien français: Aucassin et Nicolette; Béroul; Chanson de Roland; Chrétien de Troyes; Fabliaux; Marie de France; Roman de Renart; Roman de la Rose
II – Traductions: Aucassin et Nicolette; Béroul; Chanson de Roland; Chrétien de Troyes; Marie de France; Roman de Renart; Roman de la Rose

16e siècle
Brantôme; Des Periers; Marguerite de Navarre; Rabelais; Satyre Ménippée

17e siècle
Balzac, Jean-Louis Guez de; Cabinet des Fées; Caylus, A.-Cl. Philippe; Contes de Moncrif; Cyrano de Bergerac; Fénelon; Furetière, Antoine; Galland, Antoine; Guilleragues, Gabriel-Joseph de Lavergne; La Fontaine, Jean de; Mme D’Aulnoy; Mme de La Fayette; Murat; Perrault, Charles; Scarron, Paul; Sorel, Charles; Urfé

18e siècle
Abbé Prévost; Beaumarchais; Bernardin de Saint-Pierre; Cabinet des Fées; Cazotte, Jacques; Challe, Robert; Choderlos de Laclos; Crébillon (fils); Diderot, Denis; Fontenelle, Bernard (Le Bovier de); Le Sage, Alain-René; Louvet de Couvray, Jean-Baptiste; Mme de Lintot; Marivaux; Montesquieu; Restif de la Bretonne; Rousseau, Jean-Jacques; Voltaire

19e-20e siècles
Alain-Fournier; Balzac, Honoré de; Barbey d’Aurevilly, Jules; Chateaubriand, François René; Constant, Benjamin; Daudet, Alphonse; Dumas, Alexandre; Erckmann-Chatrian; Flaubert, Gustave; France, Anatole; Fromentin, Eugène; Gautier, Théophile; Goncourt, Edmond et Jules; Hugo, Victor; Huysmans, Joris-Karl; Loti, Pierre; Maupassant, Guy de; Mérimée, Prosper; Musset, Alfred de; Nerval, Gérard de; Proust, Marcel; Renard, Jules; Sand, George; Senancour, Étienne Pivert de; Stendhal; Vallès, Jules; Verne, Jules; Villiers de L’Isle-Adam; Zola, Émile

Pour profiter de cet accès test, rendez-vous ici sur Classiques Garnier ou accéder via

Cancellation update 2019

As the Consortium Luxembourg is confronted with a difficult budgetary situation and some vendors were unwilling to lower their prices, it was decided to discontinue some subscriptions that show very low usage.

Effective January 1st 2019, the following products won’t be accessible anymore to our users :

Thank you for your understanding in this matter and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

If you have strong concerns about the databases included in this list, please send a mail to

Trial access to SAE Digital Library

Consortium Luxembourg is pleased to announce that it has trial access to SAE Digital Library, a comprehensive digital resource encompassing more than 226,000 technical papers, standards, ebooks, magazines and related publications from SAE International and other organisations in the mobility engineering industry. Known as an authoritative resource by top engineering companies and universities around the world, SAE International is a global association of more than 128,000 engineers and related technical experts specializing in transport industries such as automotive, aerospace, and commercial vehicles.

The trial includes access to the following content and is available until 31 January 2019:

  • Ground Vehicle Standards (present and archive)
  • Technical papers (1906 – current)
  • Journals (2008 – 2017)

Access is possible for all users with a library card of the National Library, University of Luxembourg, LIST or LIH.

Direct link to SAE Digital Library

User Guides:

New Trial: Elgar Online

We are pleased to announce that the Consortium Luxembourg will have access to Elgar Online until mid February 2019. ElgarOnline is the online content platform for Edward Elgar Publishing and the trial includes access to ebooks published from 2015-2017.

Research monographs on Elgar Online

Their works include scholarly research monographs in major subject areas of Law, Business, Economics and the Social Sciences

Edward Elgar Publishing authors and editors include 14 Nobel Prize winners

Examples of acclaimed series:

  • New Horizons in Regional Science
  • New Thinking in Political Economy
  • New Horizons in Institutional and Evolutionary Economics
  • New Horizons in Environmental Law
  • Elgar International Economic Law

Access is possible for all users with a library card of the National Library, University of Luxembourg, LIST or LIH.

Direct link to Elgar Online (Please use the filter “All accessible content” in the left hand menu)

All accessible ebooks via



Open Data: La BnL ouvre ses données et les rend accessibles via le site web

Désormais, chaque citoyen pourra télécharger des ensembles de données et les exploiter librement. L’ouverture des données de la Bibliothèque nationale de Luxembourg (BnL) vise un public de professionnels diversifié (data scientists, historiens, linguistes, chercheurs en humanités numériques, développeurs) et fera naître de nouvelles synergies au-delà du milieu des bibliothèques.

Pourquoi la BnL adopte-elle une politique d’ouverture des données?

En tant qu’infrastructure du savoir, la BnL doit garantir l’accès du plus grand nombre à ses contenus. À l’ère du numérique, faciliter l’accès à l’information ne se limite pas à l’élaboration d’un portail de recherche et à la mise en ligne de ressources numériques, mais requiert également la mise à disposition de données de qualité et de technologies de pointe, adaptées aux nouveaux besoins des développeurs, professionnels de l’information et chercheurs.

Elle aide la recherche, accroît la transparence des données publiques et motive les citoyens à participer activement à la diffusion des savoirs. Ceux-ci seront libres de développer de nouvelles applications, de les enrichir ou de les lier à d’autres sources d’informations.

Que trouve-t-on sur

Sur le site, les intéressés pourront télécharger des jeux de données et de métadonnées de qualité. Ceux-ci sont tirés des périodiques luxembourgeois numérisés par la BnL et faisant partie du domaine public. Ces jeux de données vont de 250 MG à 257 GB et permettent différents niveaux d’exploitation allant de développements plus simples (fouilles de textes, détection de noms, reconnaissance automatique d’images) jusqu’à de véritables réseaux neuronaux artificiels.

La BnL fournit également plusieurs interfaces de programmation d’applications (API) et divers services web qui permettent d’interroger et de récupérer les métadonnées des catalogues de la BnL, d’automatiser des tâches et de créer de nouvelles applications.

Les jeux de données de la BnL peuvent également être consultés via le portail du gouvernement luxembourgeois dont la BnL est partenaire.

Vous avez utilisé nos jeux de données? Alors faites-nous part de vos réalisations, nous les mettrons en évidence sur notre site web. Utilisez le hashtag #OpenDataBnl