Data services & APIs

Digital illustrations, metadata and texts from the KB-collections are available for re-use. The data can, depending of the license, be used for research, web applications and other services. The data are available in linked data, as download, through an API (Application Programming Interface) using SRU or OAI-PMH or via Wikipedia Commons.

Open data sets

The following data sets may be used freely:

Our datasets are partly available via Open Cultuur, Wikipedia en NARCIS.

CC-BY-NC-ND data set

The following data set may be used under a CC-BY-NC-ND licence:

Please send us an e-mail at If you use any of the data sets. We are keen to know about any applications or research findings based on our data sets. Your information will help us further develop our data services.

Other data sets

Would you like to work with data of newspapers, books and magazines that are possibly protected by copyright? In some cases these data can be made available upon request for academic purposes by researchers, scientists, educators or (data)journalists. You can contact

Possible datasets are:

We hope to make these and other data sets available as freely as possible in due course.

Data sets for research

For academic research purposes it is often possible to use data sets that are not yet freely available. Please contact us at .

Some applications of KB data


Short description

Data set(s) used


Nederlab is a web environment for researchers and students who resarch historical developments in Dutch language, literature and culture. In Nederlab researchers can make selections of ten thousands of Dutch texts. They can search through and analyze those selections with advanced technologies.

DBNL, Early Dutch Books Online, Delpher Newspapers


Europeana makes several KB data sets available.

Delpher Newspapers,Early Dutch Books Online
Memory of the Netherlands,
Alba Amicorum

Netwerk Oorlogsbronnen

Het Netwerk Oorlogsbronnen gives access to the Dutch newspapers from WOII.

Delpher Newspapers,
Memory of the Netherlands


Contact information

For more examples, see Affiliated Researchers on the KB Lab.

Please send us an e-mail at