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Open Library Badge – An incentive system for more openness in libraries. Criteria (unofficial English translation)

  • 1. Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU), Universitätsbibliothek, Universitätsstr. 4, 91054 Erlangen, Germany


This is an unofficial translation of the Open Library Badge Criteria, see "Kriterien" from "Open Library Badge" project, License: CC BY 3.0,, Changes: Translation, partial adjustment of hyperlinks to their English-language counterparts. Originally available at The translation was done on February 28th, 2023 by Markus Putnings (ORCiD 0000-0002-6014-9048, ROR 00f7hpc57) with the help of ChatGPT Feb 13 version, incorporating minor corrections by Stephan Wünsche of the Open Library Badge team.

The Open Library Badge initiative aims to create an incentive system for libraries that follow the concept of openness. The badge is intended to make relevant activities and offers from libraries visible. It is aimed both at the public and at its own library users and is intended to be a reward for the library's commitment to more openness in science and society. The badge is awarded by a jury. Libraries applying for the Open Library Badge should meet at least 5 of the 15 criteria. The criteria are presented in this translation from the German original into English.


English Translation of the Open Library Badge Criteria.pdf

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