Preserving the Luxembourg
web for future generations

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.

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.

Web Archiving Week 2021

The BnL is joining forces with the University of Luxembourg, to combine the 2021 editions of the IIPC Web Archiving Conference and the RESAW Conference into one week of web archiving. We are looking forward to welcoming web archivists from libraries, archives, universities, heritage and research institutions to Luxembourg. Stay tuned, because news are coming in soon!

RESAW.euWAC 2020



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Participate and contribute

Saving websites from being lost 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 create a new one, let us know about it. If you see a website you think should be saved for the future, tell us aboutit. Suggestions, questions comments on special collections, topics, data, or any other subject, we are all ears!

This website will soon also be available in French.
Ce site web sera bientôt disponible en français.