Leiden, Netherlands, 9 October 2014—The National Library of the Netherlands, Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB), has entered into an agreement with OCLC to add four important collections of digitized resources from Dutch-speaking countries to WorldCat for discovery of these valuable resources worldwide.
The extensive and historically significant data comprise large numbers of digitized books, journals, newspapers and parliamentary papers, aggregated from libraries across the Netherlands. The agreement is the latest development in a productive and long-standing partnership between OCLC and the National Library.
The arrangement directs users searching WorldCat to more than 2 million pages from some 11,000 books published in the Dutch-speaking world from 1781–1800, 80 journals from 1840–1940, parliamentary papers from 1814–1995, and more than 6 million digitized newspaper pages. The content originates from the Netherlands, the Dutch East Indies, Suriname, the Netherlands Antilles and the United States.
WorldCat searchers can get to full-text content made available by the National Library through its Delpher service.
"We entered into this agreement to make this information as widely available as possible," explains Bas Savenije, Director of the National Library. "We feel it is very important to make this highly-prized Dutch content accessible on the Web. WorldCat is an important mechanism for achieving that."
"The National Library has put an enormous effort into digitizing these important collections of cultural heritage. We are very excited that we can provide valuable exposure through WorldCat to these resources and promote further usage of the Delpher service," said Eric van Lubeek, OCLC Vice President, Managing Director, OCLC EMEA.
The Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) is the National Library of the Netherlands, established in 1798. Its mission is to bring people and information together. The KB offers access to the national memory of printed and digital publications, with emphasis on the history and culture of the Netherlands and on the Dutch society. The KB also coordinates important large-scale national digitization programmes of text corpora for study and research in the humanities. More information is available on the KB website; for digitized Dutch text visit Delpher.