From 20th to the 23rd October the Luxembourg Consortium, based at the National Library of Luxembourg, is hosting the 2019 annual European ICOLC meeting.
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. Twice per year ICOLC conducts meetings dedicated to keeping participating consortia informed about issues of importance to directors, governing boards, and libraries of consortia. Only consortial staff and members are permitted to attend the meetings. There is no vendor area. The ICOLC meetings usually take place in North America during Spring and Europe during Autumn.
Please have a look at the program here.
Map of venues and hotels
How to get to the meeting
The meeting is taking place in the newly opened National Library of Luxembourg, 37D, avenue John F. Kennedy, L-1855 Luxembourg. It is located on the Kirchberg plateau, a business district and home to European institutions.
Public transport is well developed in Luxembourg City. The bus is still the most flexible mode of transportation. The tram is the best way to move around the Kirchberg quarter, where the national library is located. Changing from the bus to the tram network is best done at the “Rout Bréck – Pafendall” stop.
Please note that your conference name badge allows free use of public transport (train, bus, tram) from 20th to the 23rd October in the entire Grand-Duchy, but you cannot cross borders.
Luxembourg has an airport offering direct flights to the whole of Europe. Luxembourg airport is situated in Findel, 20 minutes from the National Library (Use bus line 16 to stop “Luxexpo”, then change to the tram for two stops).
A two-hour high-speed TGV is connecting Luxembourg to Paris Est. There are hourly connections to Brussels (3hr) and many other destinations. International tickets are easiest to research and book via the CFL international app. The Luxembourg train station is in the city center and a 15 minutes walk away from the old city. It takes approx 20 minutes to go from the National Library to the train station by tram then bus (Lines 1, 18, 16, and many others), changing at “Rout Bréck – Pafendall”.
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a small country in western Europe with borders to Belgium in the west and the north, to Germany in the East and to France in the south. The capital of Luxembourg, Luxembourg City has along with Strasbourg and Brussels an outstanding meaning for the European Union since some of European institutions are located in Luxembourg City, thus the highest judicial authority in the EU, the European Court of Justice. Due to its strong economic situation and the fact of being situated in the heart of Europe between France, Germany and Belgium, Luxembourg is a very multicultural country. In addition to the national language Luxembourgish, French and German are also official languages.
- Luxembourg as a tourist destination.
- The City of Luxembourg’s City Magazine details all cultural and other events. Its october issue has a long article on the new national library on page 30.
- A 20-page primer on Luxembourg’s history can be downloaded in English, French or German.
- A long read from the Guardian about why Luxembourg will eventually rule space ;-).
- For entertainment and getting used to the Luxembourgish language, check out the first Season of the crime series “Capitani” (with English or French subtitles)
Registration is for the conference is closed.
No refunds will be issued after 1st of October. Refunds will be processed after the conference. Substitute delegates are welcome.