Academic libraries in Europe: a brief look at future trends

Although highly diverse, higher education and research libraries in Europe are, thanks to developing electronic resources, undergoing rapid change. This is evident in increasing networking and greater national and international -cooperation, notably via numerous European associations. Moreover, libraries and research communities are working in closer collaboration on the notion of academic information and other common concerns: open and institutional archives; scholarly publications; archiving and preservation of electronic resources; the importance of training – all issues that prompt libraries to question their place within university structures.