Lithuania has 47 State higher education establishments; 20 non-State higher education establishments, 19 research institutes and university research institutes and others.

Since 2006 Electronic Academic Library of Lithuania (eLABa) has operated as the national OA repository of the Ministry of Education and Science and all academic institutions in Lithuania. The fundamentals of the eLABa were laid in the course of the project Lithuanian Academic Libraries Network (LABT) and the initial online database of thesis and dissertations (ETD) in 2003. The eLABa stores more than 29 thousands documents of all types from 6 collections.

Lithuania has an EIFL representation through Lithuanian Research Library Consortium (LMBA).

Enabling Environment:

The Ministry of Education established eLABa, a national depository system to provide the environment to deposit and access electronic documents using Fedora infrastructure software. Its use is voluntary and mostly by universities as a research depository. In 2009 legislation required the results of scientific activity to be made publicly available.

The Lithuanian Research Library Consortium (LMBA) represents academic libraries and is responsible for most of the OA activity in the country through its membership of EIFL.

Potential Barriers:

There is no OA mandate in Lithuania; most institutions do not have repositories; there is ambivalence to OA in the scientific community (Kuprienė, J and Petrauskienė, Z, 2009).

Major Projects/Initiatives:

Research data Reposities:

National and Institutional Level Policies/Mandates:

The new law on Science and Studies of the Republic of Lithuania (2009) requires the results of scientific activity to be made publicly available.

Details of Key Organizations:

Lithuanian Research Library Consortium (LMBA)
Overview: Representative group of 52 academic library members with whom OA initiatives are developed through EIFL.

Communication address: Gedimino Avenue 51, LT-01504 Vilnius, Lithuania; e-mail: lmba(at)

Past and Future OA Related Activities:

LMBA have been actively promoting OA since 2005. Various events  (seminars, round-table discussions and presentations delivered by the OA supporters at the national and international levels) play an important role in advocating for the OA ideas in Lithuania.

International Conference "Dissemination Possibilities for Lithuanian Research Journals in the World" was held in 2010. Following the OA Weeks 2010, 20 journals adopted the Open Journal System to assist in the OA publishing process. Now OJS is used by 23 journals. 33 journals published in Lithuania were registered in the DOAJ catalogue in 2012.

LMBA implemented project ‘Promoting Open Access in Lithuania’ supported by EIFL open access grant in 2011. As a result of this activity a printed and video promotional material ( were created. The survey ( to evaluate the OA policies and practices at the research and study institutions was carried out. During OA Week 2011 the international conference Opening the Scientific Knowledge‘ was organized at the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences in Vilnius. In a frame of the project a new partnership with Lithuanian Society of Young Researchers was formed and need of training about open access was identified, as well as lack of knowledge about open access, EC and other funding institutions requirements.

A new OA project „Open Access from the Perspective of Young Researchers“ supported by EILF grant started  in 2012. A series of workshops to familiarize young researchers with OA idea and initiatives, encourage them to be OA advocates are organised. The roundtable discussion among young researchers and other OA stakeholders will be organized during OA Week 2012.

Lithuania participates in the following OA projects:

List of Publications

Banionytė, Emilija; Vaškevičienė, Aušra; Tautkevičienė, Gintarė. Interviews with Lithuanian Polticians and Famous Researchers about Open Access. From Scienscominfo: Nordic-Baltic Forum for Scientific Communication, 2011, 7, 3 <>

Dagienė, E. (2012). Promoting open access via implementing Open Journal System: case study,

Dagienė, E (2011) Changes in Lithuanian research journal publishing in 2009–2010 Sciecom Info Vol.7, 1. (CC).

Kuprienė, J and Petrauskienė, Z (2009) Open access to scientific publications: the situation in Lithuania Sciecom Info Vol 5, 2. (CC).

Kretavičienė, M. (2008) The Meeting on Open Access in the European Union and Lithuania, 7th May 2008. Scienscominfo: Nordic-Baltic Forum for Scientific Communication, 2008, vol. 4 no. 2 (CC). ISSN 1652-3202.

Kretaviėienė, M (2009) Experiences of Lithuanian DOAJ-journal. Scienscominfo: Nordic-Baltic Forum for Scientific Communication, 2009, vol. 5, no. 1 (CC). ISSN 1652-3202.

Tautkevicienė, G, Kuchma, I and Cesevičiute, I (2009) The role of open access in the scholarly communication process. In Changes in Social and Business Environment: proceedings of the 3rd international conference, November 4-5, 2009, Kaunas University of Technology Panevėžys Institute, Lithuania: selected papers. Kaunas: Technologija, 2009, p. 438—444. ISBN 1822-7090.

Tautkevičienė, G, et al. (2010) Integration of the Lithuanian academic e-Library (eLABa) into the international open access infrastructure. Scienscominfo: Nordic-Baltic Forum for Scientific Communication, 2010, Vol. 6, No. 3. ISSN 1652-3202.

Tautkevičienė, G, et. al. (2011). Demand for and practice of developing information competencies among researchers. In Libraries for An Open Environment: strategies, technologies and partnerships: IATUL 32nd Conference, May 29 – June 2, 2011, Warsaw.

Tautkevičienė, G. (2012). Promoting Open Access in Lithuania: case study.


(Modified on December 2013)

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