Posted by: bluesyemre | August 27, 2012

National Library of The Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) by Emre Hasan Akbayrak

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Autonomous administrative body since 31 August 1993, financed by the Ministry of Education, Culture & Science

€ 59 million

262,4 full time equivalents = 291 employees (end 2011)

The future of the KB is digital. We have set three priorities for our digital future:
digital: full speed ahead, reaching a wider audience and strengthening international

Major activities
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

The KB participates in the activities of some 30 national and international organisations, including:
Consortium of the Netherlands university libraries and the National Library (UKB)
GII, (Consortium) Gemeenschappelijke Informatie-infrastructuur
SURF Platform ICT en Onderzoek
OCLC, centrum voor bibliotheekautomatisering
International Federation of Library Associations & Institutions (IFLA
Conference of European National Librarians (CENL)
Conference of Directors of National Libraries (CDNL)

6 million items = 110 km of library materials (books, newspapers, journals)
12,500 current periodicals 850 m.  of microforms

Annually the deposit print collection grows by 48,000 books and 77,000 issues of periodicals. In 2011 1.3 million digital items and 1,650 e-books were loaded.

Special collections
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.

Digital collections, reference and lending, interlibrary lending and document supply, digitizing, photocopies and scans, exhibitions and library tours.

Net floorspace of the building : 80,000 m2
Library: 37,000 m2, including 28,000 m2 stacks
Other institutions: 15,000 m2

500 study seats including 125 with a work station, WiFi available

Library use
16,350 issued library passes
100,500 library visits
450,000 publications made available
4.6 million KB website visits

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