Mission statement

Mission statement

The Koninklijke Bibliotheek is the national library of the Netherlands. Driven by the power of the written word we further intellectual development, proficiency and creativity in the Netherlands. To this end, we seek collaboration with partners in the domains of public libraries, cultural heritage and academics. The KB promotes the visibility, usibility and longevity of the Dutch Library Collection, defined as the collective holdings of all publicly funded libraries in the Netherlands. Unhindered access to these collections furthers the development of new ideas and allows researchers to build upon the ideas of their predecessors.

Our vision: the power of the network

The quality of the chain of access to public information and the very existence of the responsible organizations is determined by their mission statement and their position within the networks in which they operate. A thorough understanding of each partner's role in the network must underlie any strategy. The KB builds its activities upon the power of her network.