The ARROW Plus public-private partnership involves high level know-how from the following organisations.

Contracting Partners

The National Documentation Centre/National Hellenic Research Foundation (EKT/NHRF) provides documentation, information and support services on science, research and technology issues to the research, business, government and wider community.

The Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information was created in 1951 with the task of producing the entire national bibliographic record. ICCU is an Institute of the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities.

Founded in 1798, the National Library of the Netherlands was named Koninklijke Bibliotheek in 1806 and was declared the National Library in 1982. The main mission of the National Library of the Netherlands is to preserve the national printed and written heritage.

The University and Regional Library of Tyrol was founded in 1700. It is the largest library in western Austria and serves more than 40,000 registered users.

Associated Partners

The Bibliothèque nationale de France (BnF) is one of the largest public and research libraries in the world. Its digital library Gallica ( contains 775,083 documents including 196,445 in full text: 759,199 from BnF collections, 4,332 from library partners and 11,552 from e-distributors.

St Cyril and Methodius National Library is the biggest library in Bulgaria and is the oldest cultural institution in Bulgaria. It is deposit library since 1897 and its most important task is to preserve the Bulgarian documental heritage. The library collects document, does bibliographical processes, preserves and provides the use of printed and audiovisual documents.

Publishers Associations
Contracting Partners

The Italian Publishers Association is the trade association for Italian and foreign publishers operating in Italy or who publish books, magazines and digital products in Italian.

APEL is the Publishers and Booksellers Portuguese Association. Under its present designation APEL exists since 1974. However, under different names it has been in existence since 1923, when it started as an association of booksellers, but including from the start among its members several publishers and publishers-booksellers. APEL is since 1989 the Portuguese Agency for the international ISBN organisation. is the umbrella organization of the book trade in Flanders, the Dutch speaking part of Belgium. represents both book publishers, book importers and booksellers. It is also home to a collecting society, an in-print title data base, an e-book portal and a website offering online access to textbook material.

HPBA - Hungarian Publishers’ and Booksellers’ Association is the market organisation of Hungarian publishing and bookselling is one of the oldest trade associations in Europe and certainly the non-governmental organisation with the longest tradition in Hungary.

The Latvian Book Guild was founded in February, 2007 with the following aims to create positive environment for development of publishing as a creative industry in Latvia; to promote reading, especially among young readers; to follow up the trends in publishing both in Latvia and abroad promoting information exchange and cooperation with publishers, booksellers and professional organizations in other countries; to support the conservation of Latvian cultural heritage; and to develop and extend life-long learning in Latvia.

Lithuanian Publisher Association (LLA) was founded in 1989. Its functions include the representation of the public opinion of its members on the national level and the introduction of their production on the international level.

Associated Partners

Latvian Bookseller's Association (LBA) is a public organization, which unites businesses dealing with sales of books, other printed issues and office supplies. It was founded in April 1993 and unites big, medium and small size enterprises

Reproduction Rights Organisations
Contracting Partners

Centro Español de Derechos Reprográficos is a non-profit association of authors and publishers of books, periodicals and other publications in any medium. The association collectively protects and manages members’ intellectual property rights.

The Irish Copyright Licensing Agency was set up in 1992 by Clé, the Irish Book Publishers Association and the Irish Writers’ Union to protect the interests of publishers and authors with regard to the reprography of their works. ICLA sells licences, which allow users to photocopy limited extracts of copyright material.

OSDEL is a non-profit association of authors and publishers of books, periodicals and other publications. The association collectively protects and manages members’ intellectual property rights (copying, processing, public disclosure and distribution).

"Polska Książka", set up in 2002, was intended as a an organization taking care of authors' and publishers' rights in the field of copyright law. It is a legal person working in the form of an association, i.e. a nongovernmental non-profit organization.

Associated Partners

Copydan Writing represents copyright owners of books, periodicals, newspapers, magazines, trade papers, and music. The designation covers authors, journalists, composers, and illustrators, as well as publishing houses and other publishing activities.

Kopiosto Copyright Society administers licenses and distributes remunerations to copyrights owners. Kopiosto represents roughly 50 000 Finnish copyrights owners who belong to 44 member organizations representing authors, photographers, performing artists and publishers in all fields of creative work.

Collecting Societies representing Authors
Contracting Partners

The Maison des Auteurs is a non-profit-making organization created in order to offer authors, professional organizations and copyright collecting societies a place where to come and discuss, to have meetings or simply a place to get their office settled.

International Organisations
Contracting Partners

CEPIC, the Coordination of European Picture Agencies, is an international federation of picture agencies and libraries. CEPIC represents over one thousand photo agencies and picture libraries in 19 countries across Europe, both within and outside of the European Union.

EDItEUR is the international group coordinating development of the standards infrastructure for electronic commerce in the book and serials sectors.

European Visual Artists (EVA) was set up 1997 and represents the interests of authors' collective management societies for the visual arts. 25 European collecting societies for visual creators are gathered under this roof as members and observers.

EWC is an International Non-Profit Association under Belgian law, «Association internationale sans but lucratif» AISBL. Since The European Writers’ Congress was founded in 1977 as the Federation of European Writers’ Associations it has evolved into an organisation of more than 120.000 individual writers, belonging to 60 member organisations, currently spanning 32 countries of Europe.

The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) is an independent, non-commercial umbrella association representing 26 national book and learned journal publishers’ associations from the European Union Member States and from the European Economic area.

IFRRO represents several hundred thousand creators and publishers in the print media sectors in Europe and worldwide. Of the 110 member organisations, 64 are involved in the licensing of reprographic reproduction and certain digital uses.

Associated Partners

The Conference of European National Librarians (CENL) is a foundation that gathers national librarians of the member states of the Council of Europe. The conference currently consists of 49 members from 46 European countries forming the CENL Board.

The European Library is a free web service of CENL, the Conference of European National Librarians, that offers access to the resources of the 48 national libraries of Europe in 27 languages. The resources can be both digital or bibliographical (books, posters, maps, sound recordings, photos, videos, etc). More than 300 collections and about 150 million bibliographic records can be searched via The European Library portal.

The Europeana Foundation is the governing body of the Europeana service. Its members are the presidents and chairs of European associations for cultural heritage and information associations.

Technology Developers
Contracting Partners

BeeNear is present since many years on the European market. The Romanian company was born in 2004 with headquarters in Iasi, with the involvement of public and private organizations and academic institutions. Today, the Romanian company represent a solid center of excellence in software design and development, help desk and telemarketing for companies operating in IT area.

CIELA was established in January 1991 as a business consulting company and a publishing house of guides and monographs in the field of law sciences. Since 2005, by winning several public procurement procedures, Ciela has been the national leader in legal and reference information, providing for all the State Administrative bodies in Bulgary.

CINECA is a non profit Consortium, made up of 32 Italian universities, the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics - OGS, the CNR (National Research Council), and the Ministry of University and Research.

Di-Tech was born in 1991 in Bologna in Italy and is a leader in information systems and strategic and operational consultancy in retail area, logistics and manufacturers of consumer goods.

ISBN Agency
Contracting Partners

MVB was (as Buchhändler-Vereinigung GmbH) founded in 1947 as a service and publishing company for the German Publishers & Booksellers Association (Börsenverein) and the corresponding territorial subdivisions.


The ARROW system works and it is fully implemented in 9 countries, while an additional 7 countries are in an advanced implementation stage
ARROW Plus consortium partners reunited for their General Meeting
ARROW being considered for Hungarian digitization project
An update on the Books in Print development in the ARROW Plus project was given
ARROW System developments to be discussed at the 17th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries
Syndicate content
ARROW Plus is a Best Practice Network selected under the Competitiveness and innovation framework programme