EU’s new digital library operational again

EU’s new digital library operational again

Brussels: The European Union’s first large-scale digital library, Europeana (, was online again on Tuesday, a month after it crashed after being overwhelmed by readers’ interest.

“Europeana works again ... after we have quadrupled server capacity," European Commission spokesman Martin Selmayr told a daily news briefing.

Europeana gives multilingual access to two million digitised books and other items of cultural and historical significance held in more than 1,000 institutions in the 27 EU states.

Europeana brings together more than two million books, maps, recordings, photographs, archive documents, paintings and films.

Many of Europe’s top museums, such as the British Museum and the Louvre in Paris, have contributed to the project.

Soon after its launch on 20 November the website froze, with servers overwhelmed by a volume of 10 million hits an hour.