Making the collections held by Europe's libraries, archives, museums and audiovisual archives available online is a win-win for culture, economic growth and individual fulfilment.

an i-pad capturing the statue of the Greek goddess Kore

Digitising Europe's cultural heritage, making it accessible online and preserving it for future generations is one of the challenges of the Digital Single Market. The objective is thus to make the collections held by Europe's libraries, museums, galleries and archives and audiovisual archives available online – vast numbers of books, paintings, museum objects, archival records, periodicals and millions of hours of film and video covering the whole of Europe's rich diverse history and culture.

As single access point to Europe's digital culture, Europeana provides access to culture for all, including for education, work and leisure, and serves as a hub for the creative industries and innovative re-use of cultural material. With the help of ICT, Europeana thus turns Europe's cultural heritage into a lasting asset for citizens and the economy.

The European Commission

The EU's Member States

Provide most of the funding for digitisation as part of their policies for culture and for the information society. They contribute to the policy debate and implement decisions taken jointly at European level.

Cultural institutions

  • Drive the creation of Europeana and provide digitised content.


 [Photo courtesy: The CHESS project at the Acropolis Museum]
16 January 2015
Last update: 
3 May 2017
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