January 28, 2022

New Report Reviews Public Library E-Lending Models in Use Around the World

The following report (119 pages; in English) was produced by Dan Mount, Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Civic Agenda EU for Taalunie, Bibnet and Bibliotheek.nl (National Library of the Netherlands).

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From the Executive Summary:

This study has reviewed 18 different e-lending models across 15 different countries in Europe and North America. In the case of Norway and the United Kingdom two different e-lending models were covered.

A list of the e-lending models can be found below:

1. Belgium, Flanders – E-Boeken in de bib
2. Czech Republic – eReading.cz
3. Estonia – ELLU
4. Denmark – eReolen
5. France – PNB / Bibook
6. Finland – E-Books for Public Libraries / Ebib
7. Germany – divibib
8. Netherlands – Dutch Digital Library
9. Norway – Arts Council Norway e-Lending Pilot
10. Norway – Bokyhlla.no
11. Slovenia – Biblos Lib
12. Spain – eBiblio
13. Sweden – Biblioteket.se
14. United Kingdom / England – Arts Council e-Lending Pilot (four projects)
15. United Kingdom / Wales – e-Books for Wales

North America:
1. United States / California – enki – Califa Library Group
2. United States / Massachusetts – MA e-Book Project
3. Canada / Quebec – PRETNUMERIQUE.CA

This report has drawn upon a broad range of inputs including existing commercial surveys of national and international e-book markets and existing library community publications on e-lending.

In addition, given that in many countries and regions library e-lending is often in a state of relative infancy, this study has relied upon two additional mechanisms to collect primary evidence and data:

Online survey – comprised of 52 questions completed by individuals responsible for the management and administration of each e-lending model

Phone / Skype research interviews – to collect direct input from 30 individuals responsible for the management and administration of each e-lending model – predominantly from the library community, but with a few exceptions

Direct to Full Text Report (PDF)

infoDOCKET would like to thank Sebastian Posth for alerting us to this report.

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.