Dutch Online Library; use, accounts and licenses

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Data owner Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek
Bijgewerkt 15/05/2021
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This table presents information about the registered users and their use of the digital collection of the Dutch online Library. The Royal Library (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) provides the service of the online Library to the registered members of Dutch public libraries and of the Dutch online public library.

First of all: the table describes the extent to which registered users make use of the different digital products that are being offered by the online library. Secondly, the tables provides insight into how the number of online Library users has evolved as of the year 2015, specifically in terms of age (youth/adult) and type (public library members/Digital Only users). The table also includes information on the number of active and non-active users of the digital library products, how many new accounts have been added and how many have expired. Finally, the table presents information about the number of licences the online Library has in its digital collection. Most of these concern e-books, but the table also contains the number of licences needed to access other digital products (e.g. courses and audio books). Where possible: these figures are specified by target group and genre.

As of the year 2016, the section ‘use’ includes information about courses for the first time. In the "accounts" section, in 2016 a distinction was made between different types of membership of the digital library. In addition, since 2016, both active and non-active accounts have been specified by the age of users. In 2017, for the first time figures have been included with regard to new and expired accounts. In the ‘licenses’ section, in 2016 figures were added with regard to audio books and courses. As from 2017, these figures have been specified into more detail: the licenses for the courses are specified by age, the licenses for audio books by age and genre. The latter also applies to the licenses for the VakantieBieb.

As of the year 2019, the online public library no longer offers online courses. Figures about downloads, accounts and licenses regarding online courses are no longer available. Neither are figures regarding new and terminated digital only memberships.

Data available from: 2015.

Status of the figures: The figures for 2019 are preliminary. All other figures are final.

Changes as of 12 November 2020: The final figures for 2018 have been published. The preliminary figures for 2019 have been added.

When will new figures be published? Figures for 2020 will be published in November 2021.

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Use, accounts and licenses Dutch online public library e-books, audio books and courses


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Use, accounts and licenses Dutch online public library e-books, audio books and courses