Copyright reform for libraries - debate in the European Parliament, Strasbourg, 15 March

Wednesday, March 1, 2017 - 15:45

Over 100 Million Library Users in the EU: How Can Copyright Reform Help Them?

The debate around copyright reform has been heating up over recent months in anticipation of an official reaction from the European Parliament.  The JURI Committee Rapporteur (and MEP Library Lover) Therese Comodini Cachia MEP aims to release her Draft Report this month.

The scope of the European Commission’s proposal for copyright reform is broad, understandably considering the rapid advances in technology since the last time the framework was analysed at EU level.

A lot is at stake for Europe’s 65,000 public libraries, not to mention other cultural heritage institutions and research organisations.  Together with our partners, Public Libraries 2020 presents a debate on the impact of copyright reform on the sector.  We will discuss how copyright reform can make a difference to allowing access to libraries’ digital collections on the premises, cross-border document supply between libraries and making available out of commerce works to the public.

The debate’s host and Rapporteur Ms Comodini Cachia MEP will be joined by her colleague Catherine Stihler MEP, Rapporteur from the IMCO Committee and MEP Library Lovers group sponsor, as well as speakers from the National University Library of Strasbourg, the Conference of European National Librarians (CENL), Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL) and Europeana.

The lunchtime debate will take place on Wednesday 15 March 13:00-15:00 at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

A buffet lunch and drinks will be provided.  All MEPs and European Parliament staff are welcome - please RSVP to to confirm your attendance.