From 30 November to 6 December, a 5-person delegation led by Wei Dawei, deputy director of the National Library of China, visited Netherlands and Germany.
During visiting Netherlands, the delegation visited Europeana. In 2005, European Commission launched Europeana for forming a united European system on digital library construction. Up to present, this project has provided resources access services for 48 national libraries in Europe in 32 languages. In the Europeana headquarters, the delegation held a talk with Jill Cousins, executive director of Europeana, and discussed digital library development strategy, management mechanism, resources construction and related key projects. Yang Xiaolong and Cui Qing, first secretary and second secretary of Office of Cultural Affairs, Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Netherlands, were also present.
During visiting Germany, the delegation visited Berlin State Library, and held a talk with Reinhard Altenhöner, deputy director of Berlin State Library. National Digital Library of Germany Project was led by the National Library of Germany, with the participation of libraries, audio-visual libraries, archives, museums and other non-profitable and commercial institutions in Germany, totaling 2731 institutions with 14 core members included. This project began providing services in 2012. It digitalized resources and preserved resources permanently, and achieved convenient access to digitalized contents through continuously improving service quality. Both sides discussed development ideas, services situation and future planning of National Digital Library of Germany Project.
The delegation also visited National Library of the Netherlands and National Library of Germany at Frankfurt.