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About Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Royal Library)
The Koninklijke Bibliotheek is the national library of the Netherlands: we bring people and information together. Our core values are: accessibility, sustainability, innovation and cooperation.
- We offer everyone everywhere access to everyhthing published in and about the Netherlands.
- We play a central role in the (scientific) information infrastructure of the Netherlands.
- We promote permanent access to digital information nationally and internationally.
The KB will work intensively in the coming years to realise a digital library that will offer everyone access to all digital and printed publications that appear in the Netherlands.
- Deposit library for Dutch printed and electronic publications and the national bibliography.
- Preservation, management, documentation and accessibility of the national cultural heritage.
- Research library for the history, language and culture of the Netherlands.
- Centre of expertise for digitization, digital preservation and preservation.
- Research and development of scholarly information International focal point for libraries.
- 6 million items = 110 km of library materials (books, newspapers, journals)
- 12,500 current periodicals 850 m. of microforms
Acquisition: The deposit collection grows by an average of 50.000 books and 83,000 issues of periodicals per year. Annually about 2 million digital items are loaded in the e-Depot system.
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.