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of the European Studies Section (ESS)

In the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)


Note that the former WESS section has merged with the former SEES Section of ACRL
to form the new European Studies Section (ESS).

WESSWeb is no longer being updated. See the temporary ESS website for now. New ACRL ESS site will launch in August 2020.

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European Studies - Regional and Historical Resources

Contemporary Europe

Texts and Text Collections

Guides to Library Resources

Links to unique collections of note listed by WESS members.
- under construction -
Links to subject pages, guides and bibliographies created by WESS members for their home institutions.

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.
Founded and edited by Dr. Klaus Schreiber, retired head of acquisitions at the Württembergische Landesbibliothek, Stuttgart. In-depth reviews, in German, of reference and related research works from almost all of Europe.

Member Resources

ESS Membership Directory


ESS Conference Information

ESS Midwinter Meetings 2020 Philadelphia

Become Involved!

ESS Organization

ESS Activities and Publications

(W)ESS Newsletter

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

Current issue

European Book Fairs

Academic Librarianship & Foreign Languages Recruitment Page

ESS De Gruyter European Librarianship Study Grant

ESS is extremely pleased to announce that the Walter de Gruyter Stiftung für Wissenschaft und Forschung is the sponsor of this unique and important opportunity for research in European-studies librarianship.
2019 recipient: Jennifer K. Nelson
With thanks to Nijhoff (1986-2001), Coutts-Nijhoff (2002-2011) and De Gruyter (2012- )

Experiences in U.S. Libraries for European Librarians


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 (left side) and to provide WESS members with information about the Section (right side).

What is ESS?

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

WessWeb depends on volunteers... We need 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 ESS Publications Committee. Individual sections have been edited by:

  • Founding coordinator: James Campbell
  • General coordinator through 2007: Reinhart Sonnenburg
  • General coordinator and wiki administrator since 2008 : Richard Hacken
  • General assistant coordinator since 2016: Deb Raftus
  • British Studies: James Kelly
  • Classical Studies: Reinhart Sonnenburg
  • Dutch Studies: Richard Hacken
  • Francophone countries: Nathalie Soini and Patrick Reidenbaugh
  • German speaking countries: Jo McInnis
  • Iberian Studies: Marianne Siegmund and Richard Hacken
  • Irish Studies: Aedin Clements
  • Italian Studies: Nathalie Soini
  • Medieval and Renaissance: Thomas Izbicki and Paul Victor, Jr.
  • Scandinavian Studies: Richard Hacken
  • Social Sciences and History: Chella Vaidyanathan

Your FEEDBACK is most welcome!

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