May 21, 2022

New from IFLA: “Deal on eLending in the Netherlands: Interview with the Dutch Public Library Association”

A new interview posted by IFLA (International Federation of Library Associations).

From the Introduction to the Interview:

Published in the Official Journal on 24 October, the Covenant (available in Dutch) promises to ensure that more books are available for e-Lending by libraries, within a shorter period of time.

The government press release suggests that the number of eBooks which libraries can lend could rise from 21 000 to 27 000, with libraries able to add them to their catalogues between six and twelve months after publication.

The deal is also good news for authors, who will be the main beneficiaries of the additional money made available – an additional €3M a year from 2021.

We interviewed Francien van Bohemen, Deputy Director of the Dutch Public Library Association, to find out more about the deal.

Direct to Complete Interview (approx. 11oo words)

See Also: New E-Lending Arrangement: Dutch E-Books from Dutch Publishers Will Be Available Sooner via National Library of Netherlands Online Library

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