Reuse of the transparency-related information posted on Spanish library and archive websites Articles uri icon

publication date

  • December 2021

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0165-5515

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1741-6485


  • This study addresses the types of formats and ease of reuse of transparency-related information available on the websites of 53 national public libraries and 53 provincial historic archives. Further to Spain's Transparency Act, reuse of public sector information is one of the elements comprising the right of access to information. Access and use must consequently be ensured to enable citizens and businesses to reuse all available data. The working methodology deployed here consisted in searching for, identifying and analysing the transparency-related documents carried on library and archive websites and the legal warnings governing their reuse. The findings revealed a wide variety of formats and rules governing reuse and indications of scant interest in these institutions in fostering the transparency and reuse of public information. Even when available, reusable information was normally found to be posted either separately from the data furnished by libraries and archives directly or positioned on pages or sections with complex access paths.


  • Information Science
  • Library Science and Documentation


  • archives; libraries; reuse of information; spain; transparency; websites