Founded in 2003, the University of Luxembourg is the first and only university of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg. Multilingual, international and research-oriented, it is also a modern institution with a personal atmosphere.
The University of Luxembourg consists of 670 professional experts who support the roughly 213 professors, assistant professors and lecturers in their teaching. With respect to education, the University offers 11 bachelor degrees, 29 master degrees as well as doctoral studies based on the Bologna Accords, spread over three faculties and two interdisciplinary centres.
The University of Luxembourg Library (BUL) places at the disposal of the university community documentary resources that are integral to teaching and research, in particular a collection of more than 220,000 volumes, and nearly 900 subscriptions to scientific and scholarly periodicals.
The BUL contains collections that cover different areas of knowledge. It pays particular attention to supporting an inter-disciplinary approach and multilingualism in building up the collections. These collections are further enhanced by a vast offering of electronic documentation, the findit.lu portal, as well as ORBilu, the University’s Open Repository and Bibliography.
ORBilu was launched in a drive to not only open up access to research that is being done at the University of Luxembourg but also to respond to the needs of its users, providing a means by which to showcase their expertise. At the same time, the University of Luxembourg’s Executive Team announced the establishment of a deposit mandate: bibliographic details of all scientific publication must be entered into ORBilu and, as well, all peer-reviewed journal articles and papers from conference proceedings published since 1 Jan 2009 must include a full-text document. In January 2014, the mandate was extended to include the bibliographic details of all PhD theses. Since its inception in April 2013, the University’s authors have archived over 17 000 publications.
The University of Luxembourg, as the first actor to provide its authors with the means by which to make theirs scientific production available on Open Access (OA), is a key player in the research performed in the country and therefore, is uniquely placed to act as the National Open Access Desk for Luxembourg in disseminating information with respect to Open Access and Open Data as well as educating the research population to the advantages of, and with H2020, the requirements related to, OA. Through its established ties with the principal national research funder, the Fonds national de la recherche, and LuxInnovation, the National Agency for Innovation and Research, and thanks to its involvement in OpenAIREplus, the BUL will be able to ensure that the OA message is passed on to all of Luxembourg’s H2020 participants.