José Antonio Merlo Vega
Profesor del Departamento de Biblioteconomía y Documentación de la Universidad de Salamanca

Informe sobre préstamo digital en bibliotecas públicas

A Review of Public Library E-Lending ModelsA Review of Public Library E-Lending Models
December 2014
Produced by Dan Mount, Head of Policy & Public Affairs, Civic Agenda EU For Taalunie, Bibnet and
Including in-depth analysis by Frank Huysmans

Información original y descarga [PDF]:

The market for e-books and digital content is continually evolving and adapting, while simultaneously becoming increasingly global in terms of its interdependence and reach. Whilst many determinants of this evolving and decentralised information environment are beyond the control of any one actor, institution or organisation – there is significant scope for libraries to act as the architects of their own future by learning from the diverse spectrum of international e-lending experiences and practices to evaluate which models (and their components) deliver the best outcomes for library users. These e-lending business models include:

  • Library-managed platforms for hosting owned digital content
  • Library-managed platforms for aggregating multiple sources of licensed digital content
  • Third party platforms which offer either of the two services above
  • Library-led licensing arrangements with publishers, authors or aggregators (either through
  • consortia or on an individual library system basis)

This research project will seek to produce a comparative analysis of different national/regional elending business models to identify key environmental, political, cultural, financial and logistical factors which are capable of fostering sustainable approaches to supporting e-lending and public access to digital content. It will endeavour to map a number of actors and initiatives across the international e-lending landscape as well as the common barriers which may restrict the future development of effective e-lending business models. Whilst the resulting report will necessarily approach the e-lending landscape from a library standpoint, it will also attempt to evaluate the benefits and drawbacks of each approach from the perspective of library users, publishers and authors – given that any viable long-term solutions in this space must effectively address the holistic concerns of all stakeholders.

Geographical scope
This study has reviewed 18 different e-lending models across 15 different countries in Europe and North America. In the case of Norway and the United Kingdom two different e-lending models were covered. A list of the e-lending models can be found below:
1. Belgium, Flanders – E-Boeken in de bib
2. Czech Republic –
3. Estonia – ELLU
4. Denmark – eReolen
5. France – PNB / Bibook
6. Finland – E-Books for Public Libraries / Ebib
7. Germany – divibib
8. Netherlands – Dutch Digital Library
9. Norway – Arts Council Norway e-Lending Pilot
10. Norway –
11. Slovenia – Biblos Lib
12. Spain – eBiblio
13. Sweden –
14. United Kingdom / England – Arts Council e-Lending Pilot (four projects)
15. United Kingdom / Wales – e-Books for Wales

North America:
1. United States / California – enki – Califa Library Group
2. United States / Massachusetts – MA e-Book Project
3. Canada / Quebec – PRETNUMERIQUE.CA



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