You can easily register online for a KB-pass. For only €15,- per year the KB-pass gives you access to the largest collection of Dutch books, newspapers and magazines and you have online access to the fast growing collection of digital publications.

First, read about various discounts for students and other groups.

Go to the KB-membership page for:

  • New subscription
  • Renew your membership
  • Change your personal data
  • Forgot your password?

Please note:

  • Library card holders must be 17 years of age
  • You can also register at your first visit to the KB. Please bring with you: personal identification(passport, ID-card or driver's license) and a printed proof of your recent address (for example a recent bank statement)
  • Licensed databases can only be accessed from home by KB year pass holders with the Dutch nationality or KB year pass holders with a foreign nationality during residence in the Netherlands. Foreigners who do not reside in the Netherlands can access the licensed databases in the KB reading rooms only. These databases are strictly meant for study or private use only.

Reading room pass

The free reading room pass is suitable for visitors who only wish to use the KB-reading rooms. Requests for this pass can be made at the information desk.

Advantages of a KB-pass

Without passReading room passYear
passYou have access to the website and you can search for publications in our cataloguesxxxYou can ask our library staff questionsby phone, mail or e-mailxxxYou have free access to the permanent exhibition De Verdieping van Nederland with treasures from the collections of the KB and the Nationaal Archief (National Archives)xxxYou have access to books and journals in the reading roomsxxYou can use our study facilitiesxxYou can use the facilities forcopyingxxYou receive a frequent update about new developments and activities in the KBxxYou have access to the reading room of the Nederlands Muziek InstituutxxYou have access from your home and in the KB to a large number of licensed online databases, thousands of online journals and a variety of cd-romsxYou can borrow books and order articles from your home and in the KBxYou can request booksfrom other libraries if the KB does not hold the item.xYou can request copies of articles from other libraries if the KB does not hold the item.xxxYou can use the extended workstation facilities, with access to Internet and Office software and use scanning and printing facilitiesxYou have access to the reading room for Special CollectionsxYou can use the services ofthe Nederlands Muziek InstituutxYou can attend a library instruction for freex