Founded in 2004, the American International Consortium of Academic Libraries (AMICAL) brings together 26 institutions of higher education located in 21 countries across Eastern, Central and Western Europe, West and North Africa, the Middle East, Central and Southern Asia, and Russia. Operating in diverse cultural contexts but committed to the American model of liberal education, AMICAL institutions have chosen to collaborate for mutual benefit and to support the advancement of learning and teaching.
AMICAL holds annual conferences on member campuses, where participants have the opportunity to discuss emerging issues in libraries and information services in higher education, often with the participation of leading figures in these areas. The annual meetings are also an essential opportunity for AMICAL's working groups and committees to develop and plan collaborative projects for the coming year.
AMICAL is a member of ICOLC and partners with OCLC to offer consortial library services to participating members. AMICAL's development has been made possible through the generous support of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. AMICAL is hosted by, and operates within, the American University of Paris.