Thought leaders in Latvia: libraries and e-books

The National Library of Latvia, with support from EIFL-IP, initiated a proactive project to develop best practice for Latvian e-books in public libraries. The project’s objectives were to:

  • raise awareness of the legal aspects of e-lending in libraries amongst all stakeholders
  • develop best practice principles for e-book acquisition and lending in libraries
  • draft proposals for legislative change to enable e-lending in the public interest in Latvia

The project resulted in well-publicised advocacy campaigns aimed at key stakeholders and the general public, as well as a Memorandum of Understanding on e-lending principles that was endorsed by the Latvian Ministry of Culture, although has not yet been endorsed by publishers.

A pilot project to test the e-lending principles of the MOU will occur with one publisher in the future.