May 17, 2022

National Library of the Netherlands Makes Its Contract With Google Available Online

From the National Library of the Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek)

On 14 July 2010 the KB and Google signed a contract for the digitization of 160.000 books from the collection of the KB that are free of copyright. Both parties made this widely known by means of their websites and via the press, and have consistently replied to questions about the content of the cooperative agreement.

Following a request in the United Kingdom, which was granted, to make the details of the contract between the British Library and Google public on the grounds of the Freedom of Information Act, the KB has now received two WOB requests to disclose the content of its contract with Google. (WOB is the Dutch Access to public sector information Act).

Read the Complete Announcement

Direct to the Complete Contract (12 pages; PDF)

See Also: More Google Digitization Agreements

More Google Digitization Agreements (via The Public Index)

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