Preserving the Luxembourg
web for future generations

Web Archiving Week 2021

After joining forces with the University of Luxembourg’s C²DH, to combine the IIPC General Assembly & Web Archiving Conference 2021 and the 4th edition of the RESAW Conference into one week of web archiving. We are overwhelmed by the number of attendees, who joined our virtual event from 43 countries around the world!

IIPC GA & WAC 20214th RESAW conference

There is more information and content to be shared about the conference, so stay tuned for more news coming soon!


There are different stages to fully reopening our reading room and BnL services.
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Collection du Covid-19 :
La Bibliothèque nationale a besoin de vous tous pour compléter sa collection

La BnL est en train de rassembler une collection de toutes les informations pertinentes publiées sur la propagation et l’impact du Coronavirus au Luxembourg. Pour cette raison, dans le cadre de sa mission d’archivage du web luxembourgeois, la BnL aimerait demander votre support, afin de capturer tous les aspects de l’épidémie Covid-19 dans notre pays.
La liste des URLs de tous les articles moissonnés sera mise à disposition en ligne, de la même façon que nous présentons déjà d’autres collections ciblées sur
Dans la situation sans précédent à laquelle la pandémie Covid 19 nous confronte, de nouvelles initiatives de solidarité et le besoin d’information publique ont mené à la création de nouveaux sites web et plateformes en ligne, répondant aux besoins d’une société cherchant à s’adapter à cette crise. Afin de documenter ces développements pour les générations futures, nous vous demandons de nous communiquer les références des sites web informatifs, pages Facebook et Twitter traitant la thématique du Covid-19 dont vous avez connaissance.


Comme la situation du Covid-19 continue à faire objet au Luxembourg et aux pays voisins, nous continuons à collecter les sites web en relation avec le sujet. Trouvez plus d’informations sur les résultats intermédiaires et notre interview avec Serge Tonnar:

Covid-19 Collection

Covid-19 collection : the National Library needs your help to complete its collection

The National Library of Luxembourg is building a collection on all relevant information on the spread of the Coronavirus in Luxembourg. Naturally, online news media are an important part of this collection. Therefore, we would like to ask for your help in capturing all aspects in relation with the Covid-19 outbreak.
The list of all captured URLs will be made available online, in the same way as we have presented several other collections on
In these unprecedented times, new initiatives in solidarity and the need for public information have called for the creation of new websites and online platforms responding to the needs of a society adapting to this crisis. In order to capture these developments for future generations, we would like you to share your discoveries of informational websites, opinion-forming Facebook or Twitter pages, civil interest organizations dealing with the Coronavirus.


As the Covid-19 situation continues to be an issue in Luxembourg an its neighbouring countries, we continue collecting websites surrounding that subject. Find out more about the interim results and our interview with Serge Tonnar:

Covid-19 Collection

This website serves as an information platform about the activities and collections of the Luxembourg Web Archive. Browsing the actual archive is only possible from within the National library of Luxembourg. To find out more, please check out our FAQs.


The National Library collects and preserves the Luxembourg web as part of our digital heritage

Always changing

A common misconception is that the contents of the Internet will stay available for eternity. In reality, 80 % of all websites will no longer be available in the same form, or have completely disappeared within a year. Moreover 10 % of all social media contents are lost every year, showing that the web is not only changing at a rapid pace, but is also short-lived.

A unique source of information

The web is a unique source of information.
With the growing emphasis on digitalization in all aspects of society, more and more information is solely published online, making its distribution and accessibility faster and easier. On the other hand, the lack of physical copies of publications accentuates the dangers of data loss. Relevant information, discussions and data that are not printed or preserved in any other shape or form could be lost, depriving future generations of the sources of knowledge available to us today.

The reflection of a diverse society

From its conception, the Internet has always been centered around a culture of exchange, communication and an open, participatory approach to making information available to everyone. The convenience of using and contributing content on the web, as well as more recent developments such as social media, are adding to the concept of the Internet as an all-encompassing universe, reflecting all facets of society and cultures in the world. All the more reason to preserve a piece of this universe, by archiving the Luxembourg web – not only to ensure the availability of websites, but also to provide a means of analyzing the importance and influence of society on the Internet and vice versa.

Our mission

The National Library of Luxembourg is open to all, presenting its patrimonial collections on a national and international level. Empowering scientific research and facilitating the access to information, the National Library is a pillar of the knowledge society. As a patrimonial library, the BnL collects, preserves and catalogues all publications issued in Luxembourg, as well as foreign publications in relation with the Grand-Duchy. The National Library aims to drive innovation in new technologies and library management as an academic and scientific library. This assignment not only covers printed media, but also digital publications of all kind, including the Luxembourg web.

As a component of the digital legal deposit, harvesting the web ensures the long term access to the contents of the Internet which are publicly available. Overall, the LWA operates in an inclusive, rather than exclusive collection policy, in the sense that the legal deposit applies to Luxembourg publishers, which the BnL interprets as:

All websites in the “.lu” top level domain

Websites published in Luxembourg

Websites hosted on servers in Luxembourg

Websites published by non-resident Luxembourg citizens or websites in relation with Luxembourg

Although these websites are not part of the Luxembourg legal deposit, the National Library might choose to include websites that are relevant to the national digital heritage.

International cooperations

IIPC – International Internet Preservation Consortium

IIPC members are organizations from over 45 countries, including national, university and regional libraries and archives. The mission of the IIPC is to acquire, preserve and make accessible knowledge and information from the Internet for future generations everywhere, promoting global exchange and international relations.

To achieve its mission, the IIPC is working to accomplish the following goals: To enable the collection of a rich body of Internet content from around the world to be preserved in a way that it can be archived, secured and accessed over time. To foster the development and use of common tools, techniques and standards that enable the creation of international archives. To encourage and support national libraries, archives and research organisations everywhere to address Internet archiving and preservation.

The BnL is a member of the IIPC since 2017.

DPC – Digital Preservation Coalition

The DPC enables its members to deliver resilient long-term access to digital content and services, helping them to derive enduring value from digital assets and raising awareness of the strategic, cultural and technological challenges they face. These aims are achieved through advocacy, community engagement, workforce development, capacity-building, good practice and good governance.

DPC members share the belief that thoughtful preservation creates the conditions in which optimal value can be delivered from digital collections. Therefore digital preservation is a necessary and achievable social and organisational good.

The BnL is a member of the DPC since 2018.

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive, is a non-profit organisation, offering free access to “a digital library of Internet sites and other cultural artifacts in digital form”. It’s main ambition is nothing less than “to provide Universal Access to All Knowledge”. The Internet Archive has been a partner and service provider to the Luxembourg Web Archive in the large scale domain crawls, as well as in event-based collections.

The BnL has been working with the Internet Archive since 2016.

WARCnet – Web ARChive studies network researching web domains and events

IThe aim of WARCnet is to rise to this challenge by providing a network for promoting high quality national and transnational research that will help us to understand the history of (trans)national web domains and of transnational events on the web, drawing on the increasingly important digital cultural heritage held in national web archives. Since the relevant national research environments are still very small, international networking and collaboration is imperative to reach a critical mass; in addition, for the field to develop beyond the few first movers, it is important to pay particular attention to including the next generation of early career researchers.

The BnL is a member of the IIPC since 2020.


We made the news! Here are some articles about the Luxembourg Web Archive (some of which we wrote ourselves).


The Luxembourg Web Archive – Coronavirus Response
// 23. 06. 2020


Nationalbibliothéik sicht Informatiounen iwwer Covid19 am Internet // 04. 04. 2020


Konferenz “Content at risk” an der Nationalbibliothéik
// 25. 02. 2020


Das Web ist viel vergänglicher als andere Medien
// January 2020


BNL sammelt elo och Websäiten
// 09. 01. 2020


Capturing the Luxembourg Elections
// 14. 05. 2019


Exploring special web archive collections related to COVID-19
// 15. 09. 2020


Celebrating 2020’s Digital Preservation accomplishments at the National Library of Luxembourg
// 05. 11. 2020


Collaborative collecting at



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Saving websites is not only a service to the general public but a service to site owners in the first place. If you have a website or contribute content in any form, let us know about it. If you see a website you think should be saved for the future, tell us about it. Using the form linked below will take less than a minute and improve the services of the Luxembourg Web Archive for everyone.

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