As a first step to intensifying their research cooperation, the Danish Central Library and the European Centre for Minority Issues are happy to announce that from October 2016, the ECMI is opening the doors to improved access to their specialized library collection on majority-minority relations. The collection will be moved to the Danish Central Library (Dansk Centralbibliotek for Sydslesvig) in Norderstrasse 59, Flensburg.
The library offers open access from 9–19 on weekdays and 9-14 Saturdays, including places for studying, research, copying facilities, coffee etc.
ECMI Director Prof. Dr. Tove Malloy emphasises the importance of this cooperation for the ECMI and the whole border region. “This initiative is based on the aim of the ECMI to promote and disseminate knowledge on national minorities. It strengthens the ties between the two research institutions and offers a unique chance to the visitors of the library to study minority issues in the Danish-German border region and beyond”.
Dansk Centralbibliotek for Sydslesvig, which also carries out research and has an extensive archive (Den Slesvigske Samling), also sees advantages in the new cooperation.
“We hope to increase awareness about the Danish minority in Sydslesvig, which is our main reason [for the cooperation], but of course improved research facilities for everyone, both academic and private users, will also be very much welcomed. Basically, this is a quite obvious win-win cooperation.”
The official opening of the new library section will take place in autumn.
The ECMI Library is an independent collection of books, journals, and grey literature of more than 3,000 items covering many aspects of minority issues. The highly specialized collection includes a variety of materials in more than twenty languages on inter-ethnic relations, language and cultural diversity issues and ethnic conflict in Europe. Read further.