May 20, 2022

Utilizing a New Rights Statement 600,000 Historic Books From Austrian National Library Being Made Freely Available on Europeana

This project utilizes the new Out of copyright – non-commercial re-use’ (OOC-NC) license. Details below.

From Europeana:

One of the world’s most important historic book collections, from the Austrian National Library (Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, will be made freely available to the public via thanks to the library’s digitisation programme and Europeana’s introduction of a new rights statement.

The collection includes landmarks in the history of modern thought such as texts by Martin Luther as well as insights into more everyday life, from historic cookbooks to children’s spelling books. Another highlight is the library of Prince Eugene of Savoy, one of the most successful military commanders in Europe’s modern history and one of the most ambitious book collectors of his time.

[Our emphasis] The Austrian National Library is the first library in Europe to share a collection that has been digitised as part of the Google Books project under the new rights statement.

It is the first step toward creating a truly pan-European collection of books digitised in partnership with leading libraries and Google, available to the public via

Through Austrian Books Online, the Austrian National Library’s public-private partnership with Google, the library is currently digitising and making available its complete holdings of historical books from the 16th to the second half of the -19th century. About 600,000 volumes will be available to the public via Europeana in high quality format. The first 150,000 are now online.

Thanks to the introduction of the new rights label ‘Out of copyright – non-commercial re-use’ (OOC-NC), the Austrian National Library and Google can now share this unique collection also via Europeana. The rights statement means that books that are out of copyright and digitised through public-private partnerships are clearly marked as being freely available to the public for non-commercial re-use for a limited time and available for unrestricted re-use after that period.


The new rights statement was developed through the Europeana Network, with input from Google, the Austrian National Library and other European libraries involved in the Google books project.

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