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The European Studies Section represents librarians and specialists in European affairs from ancient times to the present, and promotes the improvement of library services supporting study and research. Through its programs, discussions, conferences, and publications, it continues to further research on Europe and to foster collaborative projects. For the librarian or professional with an interest in this part of the world, ESS provides a stimulating forum for discussion and opportunities for professional enrichment.

Become a member

ACRL membership dues include your choice of Communities of Practice memberships at no additional cost. ESS is an ACRL section. Add the ESS section through the ALA membership website.

What do ESS members do?

  • Participate nationally and internationally in discussions of librarianship, scholarship, and publishing in Europe.
  • Plan programs, publications, conferences, and forums for the study of Europe.
  • Share ideas and information about current trends in publishing, research, and teaching about Europe.
  • Produce resources including reference and instruction guides, websites, and original scholarship relating to European Studies.
  • Network with librarians and other colleagues.
  • Enhance knowledge and promote awareness of European studies and librarianship.

What are the benefits of joining the European Studies Section?

  • Advancement
    With members from many different libraries and backgrounds, ESS provides opportunities for participation in conferences with librarians, publishers, and European-studies faculty; publication in a variety of ESS-sponsored journals, newsletters, and projects; and for taking a leadership role in committees and programs at ALA, the Frankfurt Book Fair, and other venues.
  • Professionalism
    ESS is a recognized leader in the field, promoting the improvement of library services that support study and research of Europe from ancient times to the present day. ESS is dedicated to helping its members become leaders in their institutions and professional communities.
  • Recognition
    ESS provides recognition to members through awards such as the ESS De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant to support research pertaining to European studies, librarianship, or the book trade.
  • Unique Community
    ESS members are active nationally and internationally, both in North America and Europe. ESS provides opportunities to speak at conferences, attend meetings in the United States and Europe, and to discuss a wide variety of issues — from Classical Greek to Modern Nordic studies.


  • ESS offers leadership and service opportunities throughout the section.