KB in a nutshell


Primary role
National Library of the Netherlands

Autonomous administrative body since 31 August 1993, financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science

€ 91 million

Governing Board

mr. T.H.J. Joustra (Chairman), mr. drs. L. Jongsma, prof. dr. F.M.G. de Jong, W. van der Stelt, dr. K. Veling

Executive Board
Director General - dr. E.J.B. (Lily) Knibbeler
Head Innovation & ICT Division, Deputy Director General - ir. M.J. (Marc) van den Berg
Head Processing & Preservation Division - drs. J.W. (Jan Willem) van Wessel
Head Finance and Corporate Services Division - E. (Eppo) Boot MSc Head Marketing & Services Division

349,76 full time equivalents = 412 employees (31-12-2016)

Our strategic priorities for 2015-2018 are:
1. To realize the national digital library
2. Reinforcing national and international cooperation.

Major activities
Deposit library for Dutch printed and electronic publications and the national bibliography
Preservation, management, documentation and accessibility of the national cultural heritage Furthering collaboration between (public) libraries
Research library for the history, language and culture of the Netherlands
Centre of expertise for digitization, digital preservation and preservation
Research and development in scholarly informations
International focal point for libraries

The KB participates in the activities of some 30 national and international organizations, including:
Consortium of the Netherlands university libraries and the National Library (UKB)
GII, (Consortium) Gemeenschappelijke Informatie-infrastructuur
SURF Platform ICT en Onderzoek
OCLC, centrum voor bibliotheekautomatisering
International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions (IFLA
Conference of European National Librarians (CENL)
Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL)

7 million printed items = 115 km of library materials (books, newspapers, journals, microforms) 10,800 current periodicals, 500 licensed databases and e-journals

In 2016 the deposit print collection has grown by 40,950 books and 39,350 issues of periodicals, and 1,817 new periodicals. In 2016 2.6 million digital articles and 2,500 e-books were loaded, and 1,800 new websites were stored.

Special collections
The KB also houses special collections including: mediaeval and modern manuscripts, old and rare books, pamphlets, book bindings, marbled papers and books on the history of paper, chess and draughts, newspapers, cookery books and children's books.

Digital collections, reference and lending, interlibrary lending and document supply, digitizing, photocopies and scans, exhibitions and library tours.

Net floorspace of the building : 80,000 m2
Library: 37,000 m2, including 28,000 m2 stacks
Other institutions: 15,000 m2

500 study seats including 125 with a work station, WiFi available

Opening hours
Monday and Friday: 10-18 h
Tuesday to Thursday: 10-20 h
Saturday: 10-16 h

Postal address & visiting address
PO Box 90407, 2509 LK The Hague, The Netherlands
Prins Willem-Alexanderhof 5, The Hague, The Netherlands
Address and directions

Phone +31 70 31 40 911
Fax +31 70 31 40 450
Email via www.kb.nl/contact