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The eBooks on Demand network receives a prestigious ALA award


The eBooks on Demand (EOD) project of the EOD Network is one of three projects selected to receive the 2013 American Library Association (ALA) Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects.


The EOD Library Network aims to digitise the public domain books on users’ request. It was nominated for the ALA award by a network member, Alenka Kavčič-Čolić from the National and University Library in Slovenia. Among other things, the nomination letter drew attention to the following:

-        the EOD network has enlarged by 10 libraries since last three years;

-        the EOD search engine (, which was launched in 2011, comprises more than 3.5 million items by now;

-        the digitised books are made available to the public through the repositories of the participating libraries.


The Citation will be presented on July 1st by Maureen Sullivan, ALA President at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago. It will be received by the coordinator of the EOD network, Silvia Gstrein and a network member, Guy Cobolet from Academic Health Library in Paris.


The ALA Presidential Citation for Innovative International Library Projects began as an ALA Presidential initiative of Dr. Loriene Roy, ALA President in 2007-2008. Recipients are selected by a committee of the International Relations Round Table through a nomination process.


The EOD service provides e-books on demand in a single PDF file mostly with full-text search option. The service was launched by 13 libraries in 8 European countries in 2006 and is currently provided by 35 libraries in 12 countries.


Useful links:

EOD website

EOD search engine

EOD twitter feed

EOD facebook page