AK Libraries was set up in order to facilitate experience sharing amongst all the libraries and resource centres in the Leibniz Association. It bundles the Leibniz Association’s considerable economic potential in this sector. The Federal Republic’s three central libraries and the specialist resource centres alone are an impressive example of this potential. AK Libraries thus optimises the added-value for all members by networking, general agreements and syndication. Moreover, the working group has been able to formalise and strengthen existing contacts with equivalent committees at other science organisations, creating a basis for overarching cooperation.
Since 2000, AK Libraries has met in plenary session once a year. It currently comprises some 70 libraries and resource centres. A ten-member Speakers’ Council meets twice or three times a year; the minutes of its meetings are published on the Association’s intranet.