On March 17, 2005 The European Library, a free service that offered access to the resources of the 48 national libraries of Europe in 20 languages, was launched from its headquarters at Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Den Haag (The Hague), Netherlands. Resources included both digital or physical (books, posters, maps, sound recordings, videos, etc.).
"Currently The European Library gives access to 150 million entries across Europe. The amount of referenced digital collections is constantly increasing. Quality and reliability are guaranteed by the 48 collaborating national libraries of Europe. The European Library is a non-commercial organisation" (European Library website, accessed 11-21-2008).