There are 30 libraries in Albania most of which are university libraries. These have formed the Consortium of Albanian Libraries and are members of EIFL.
The national library was established in 1920 and a legal deposit act passed in 1922 (most recently revised in 1994). Library legislation was passed in 2000 guaranteeing free access to information and establishing a recognition for library development.
Albania Library Association received a grant from EIFL to develop a Consortium of Albanian Libraries. All members of the consortium have access to Commercial e-resources through EIFL-Licensing.
Albania still ranks as one of the poorest countries in Europe; IT facilities and internet access is limited (few public libraries e.g. Durresi, Fieri, Shkodra , Berat have internet access).
EIFL funding to the Albanian Library Association in 2004 led to the development of a Library Consortium, conference and training to consortium members.
Details of Key Organizations:
Consortium of Albanian Libraries
Overview: The consortium consists of 30 national, academic and special libraries which, together with the Albanian Library Association, act to provide collective access to e-resources, training for librarians and end-users, technical assistance to members.
Communication address: Consortium of Albanian Libraries c/o University of New York Library, Rr. Komuna e Parisit, P.O.Box 2301, Tirana, Albania; e-mail: mariola.dashi(at)gmail.com
List of Publications
- Kupryte, R, Segbert-Elbert, M and Bernal, I (2005) The eIFL.net Initiative: Access and Management of Electronic Resources by Library Consortia in Developing and Transition Countries Serials Review. ol 31, December 2005, 256-260.
- Xhaja, F (2001) Library system in Albania Unpublished paper.