We are very much looking forward to welcoming the network to Liverpool, which hosts our first event on 24-25th January 2014 on the theme ‘Libraries in the Atlantic World’. The main part of the colloquium will be held at the University of Liverpool’s Foresight Centre, which is located on 1 Brownlow Street, a 5-10 minute walk from Liverpool Lime Street Station. For maps and further information, see http://www.liv.ac.uk/hospitality/conferences/foresightcentre/; for directions on how to get to Liverpool, there is plenty of information on our university webpages – see http://www.liv.ac.uk/maps/visiting/. On the Friday afternoon, we will be visiting the Liverpool Athenaeum for afternoon tea. Founded in 1797, the Athenaeum is one of the last Georgian subscription libraries still to survive. We will walk down to the Athenaeum together, but for further information see their website http://www.theathenaeum.org.uk/. The event is free and open to all, so please do come along and join the discussion. For administrative and catering purposes, however, it is essential that you reserve a place – to do so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.