Take a look at our first webinar, and other events Knowledge Rights 21 is taking part in.


World Library and Information Congress

Dublin, Ireland

Date: 26-29 July 2022

We’re taking part in the most international event in the library calendar, with a session dedicated to promoting the KR21 Programme and the ways in which libraries and allied stakeholders across Europe can get involved. There will also be plenty of other chances to engage both with the KR21 team, and the issues we’re addressing, throughout the conference. If you’re interested in finding out more, come to the session, or e-mail us at info@knowledgerights21.org.

IFLA WLIC 2022 Satellite Meeting: Ebooks – where are we heading?

24 July 2022 09:30 – 16:00 IST
Pearse Street Library, Dublin
Registration Required

Knowledge Rights 21: Opportunities for the European Library Field to Build Copyright Advocacy Capacity

28 July 2022, 13:15 – 14:15 IST

Room: Liffey Hall 2

Chair: Stephen Wyber, IFLA HQ, Netherlands

The Knowledge Rights 21 Programme, an ambitious initiative bringing together IFLA, LIBER and SPARC Europe, and made possible by the Arcadia Fund, is working to boost stronger advocacy for reform to copyright law and policy, at the European and national levels, drawing on the potential of libraries and allied stakeholders.
It focuses in parallel on building capacity and knowledge, and deliver lasting improvements in the legal and policy environment for access to education, research and culture, with a particular focus on eLending, contract override, open norms, secondary publishing rights, and rights retention.

Don’t miss this session if you want to hear more about the project, and the opportunities that it opens for library and information professionals – and anyone who cares about the ability of libraries to provide meaningful access to information in the 21st century – to get involved!

Policy advances and advocacy in Secondary Publishing Rights in EU Law

28 July 2022, 15:00 – 16:00 IST

Room: Wicklow Hall 2

Chair: Sara Benson, University of Illinois Library, United States

This session which has global application, focuses on Open Access and in particular its copyright and contractual underpinnings. Dr O’Dell will speak on the issues and challenges of rights retention faced by authors in the light of Plan S Rights Retention Strategy . Ben White will discuss existing European laws which allow the republication of publicly funded articles (known as Secondary Publishing Rights), as well as the policy work in this area being undertaken by LIBER, the European Research Library Association, and Knowledge Rights 21.

Past events & activities


LIBER Annual Conference 2022

Odense, Denmark

Date: 6-8 July 2022

Ben White (Co-Chair of the Policy Committee of KR21) held a workshop on: “The eBook dilemma: copyright, licencing and digital lending in libraries.”

The workshop was designed jointly by the reCreating Europe and Knowledge Rights 21 projects, and shared findings and observations on the topic of copyright and eBooks. The first part of the workshop briefly illustrated the copyright framework that is relevant to libraries and users, with a specific focus on EU and national copyright rules concerning public lending and the preservation of cultural heritage, and prepared the audience for the second part of the workshop. The second part of the workshop was lead by Knowledge Rights 21 and focused on the issues that face educational libraries regarding eBooks, and what can be done about it.


8th German Library Congress in Leipzig

Leipzig, Germany

Date: 31 May – 2 June 2022

KR21 was present in the Freiraum space at the German Library Congress, and gave an overview of the Knowledge Rights 21 Programme and the opportunities that it offers libraries and library associations to build capacity and support the achievement of reforms to policies and laws.