The Digital Library of Romania

The second important program of the national system of libraries is represented by the Digital Library of Romania.

At present there is not in Romania any national program for the digitisation of the written culture patrimony. An effort has been done towards this direction in 2010, when a national aggregator was arbitrary established within the structure of the Ministry of Culture, from up to down, without a correlation with the real state of affairs. Last year, in 2010, following the anti-crisis measures, this phantom institution was dissolved.  

The intricate state of affairs in Romania has lead to the establishing of a partnership between the de facto National Library of Romania, which is the Library of the Academy of Romania, the holder of the written culture patrimony of Romania and the Metropolitan Library of Bucharest, which has made an important investment for the creation of its own material basis, necessary for the process of digitisation.

In spite of the absence of a national coordination for the digitisation process, the double or multiple digitisation of the same title in other libraries is prevented due to two peculiar states of affairs:

  • 62% of the Romanian periodicals exist in a single issue and that is preserved by the Library of the Academy of Romania;
  • 45% of the Romanian books are unique and preserved by the Library of the Academy of Romania.

Florin ROTARU
General Director
Metropolitan Library of Bucharest

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