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European Studies - Regional and Historical Resources

(including England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland)

Queer resources in Romance language countries of Western Europe

Contemporary Europe

National Resource Centers (NRCs) and Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships Programs for European Studies (funded by the U.S. Dept of Education).

Texts and Text Collections

European open-access research theses online
From the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek
From Brigham Young University
A meta-search engine of several e-text collections
From the University of Virginia

Guides to Library Resources

Book Reviews

Reference Reviews Europe is intended primarily for Anglo-American academic librarians interested in acquiring European reference sources for their collections. Abstractors and reviewers provide English-language abstracts of reviews of reference works from the journal Informationsmittel für Bibliotheken as well as original reviews.
From Universität Konstanz. Lengthy reviews, in German, of reference works in all major European languages.

WESS Activities and Publications

WESS Newsletter

Full text of Western European Studies Section Newsletter in its entire run from 1975 to the present

Current issue

WESS Conference Information

WESS 2009 ALA Annual Program

European Book Fairs

WESS Membership Directory

plus ongoing Electronic Discussion Groups
Intended as a resource for WESS members and colleagues, this page includes links to subject pages, guides and bibliographies created by WESS members for their home institutions.

Coutts Nijhoff Award

(Coutts Nijhoff International West European Specialist Study Grant; formerly Martinus Nijhoff Study Grant)
This annual award was established by WESS in 1985 under the sponsorship of Martinus Nijhoff International, subscription agent and bookdealer headquartered in The Hague, The Netherlands.

Related Organizations

Collaborative Initiative for French Language Collections
Part of the Global Resources Network.
German-North American Resources Partnership
Part of the Global Resources Network.
Seminar for the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials - with an Iberian section
West European Studies Library and Information Network
Enables collaboration among UK Library Groups for West European Languages


WESSWEB has two goals: to provide western Europe specialists with information for their work to provide WESS members with information about the Section. WESSWEB does not intend to replicate the excellent guides prepared in Europe, but to supplement them and make links among them from an international perspective.

What is WESS?

The Western European Studies Section (WESS) is a section within the Association of College and Research Libraries, which is itself a division of the American Library Association. WESS is professionally involved in the acquisition, organization, and use of information sources originating in or related to Western European countries. Our aim is to promote the improvement of library services supporting study and research in Western European affairs from ancient times to the present.

WessWEB depends on volunteers...

WessWeb needs people to develop new projects, to coordinate areas, to manage pages, to locate interesting new URLs or new addresses for existing URLs. If you're interested in participating at any level, you can ask for a password for wiki editing (wess @

Policy for WESSWEB is set by the WESS Publications Committee. Individual sections are edited by:

  • Founding coordinator: James Campbell
  • General coordinator through 2007: Reinhart Sonnenburg
  • General coordinator and wiki administrator, 2008- : Richard Hacken
  • Classics Studies: Blake Landor
  • Dutch Studies: Laura Dale Bischof
  • Francophone countries: Patrick Reidenbaugh, Cecile Bianco, Heleni Pedersoli
  • German speaking countries: Reinhart Sonnenburg
  • Great Britain and Ireland: Gordon Anderson
  • Italy: Jeffry Larson
  • Iberian Studies: Marianne Siegmund and Richard Hacken
  • Medieval and Renaissance: Thomas Izbicki and Paul Victor, Jr.
  • Scandinavian Studies: Richard Hacken
  • Social Sciences and History: Gordon Anderson

WESS is grateful to

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