In July 2010 the KB reached an agreement with Google to digitize at least 160.000 out-of-copyright books from the collections of the KB in the coming years and making them freely accessible through Google Books, KB-websites and – in due time – through Europeana.

The selection consists of at least 160.000 books from the eighteenth and nineteenth century. As these books are out of copyright, they now belong to the public domain. The collection includes Dutch historical, legal and social publications from the eighteenth and nineteenth century. These will be of great benefit to scientists and researchers, both in the Netherlands and in the rest of the world.

The project reflects the ambitions of the KB to digitize all Dutch books, newspapers and journals from 1470 onwards. Scanning the material will take a number of years. During the project, the books digitized will be accessible through Google Books and the KB catalog.

More information: Sophie Ham.