Dutch Online Library; use, accounts and licenses

Dutch Online Library; use, accounts and licenses

Periods Use of digital products Total use online Library (number) Use of digital products Regular loans e-books Total (number) Use of digital products Regular loans e-books Target group: youth Total (number) Use of digital products Regular loans e-books Target group: youth Fiction (number) Use of digital products Regular loans e-books Target group: youth Non-fiction (number) Use of digital products Regular loans e-books Target group: adults Total (number) Use of digital products Regular loans e-books Target group: adults Fiction (number) Use of digital products Regular loans e-books Target group: adults Non-fiction (number) Use of digital products Regular loans e-books Target group: unknown (number) Use of digital products Downloads e-books 'VakantieBieb' (number) Use of digital products Downloads audio books (number) Use of digital products Downloads courses (number) Accounts online Library Total accounts online Library (number) Accounts online Library Total active accounts (number) Accounts online Library Total non-active accounts (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Total (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Type account online Library Membership public library (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Type account online Library Membership online Library (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Age users online Library Youth (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Age users online Library Adults (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Age users online Library Age unknown (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Active accounts Total (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Active accounts Youth (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Active accounts Adults (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Active accounts Age unknown (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Non-active accounts Total (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Non-active accounts Youth (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Non-active accounts Adults (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Non-active accounts Age unknown (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular New accounts Total (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular New accounts Membership public library (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular New accounts Membership online Library (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Terminated accounts Total (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Terminated accounts Membership public library (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books regular Terminated accounts Membership online Library (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books VakantieBieb Total (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books VakantieBieb Active accounts (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books VakantieBieb Non-active accounts (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books VakantieBieb New accounts (number) Accounts online Library Accounts e-books VakantieBieb Terminated and expired accounts (number) Accounts online Library Accounts audio books Total (number) Accounts online Library Accounts audio books Active accounts (number) Accounts online Library Accounts audio books Non-active accounts (number) Accounts online Library Accounts audio books New accounts (number) Accounts online Library Accounts audio books Terminated and expired accounts (number) Accounts online Library Accounts courses Total (number) Accounts online Library Accounts courses Active accounts (number) Accounts online Library Accounts courses Non-active accounts (number) Accounts online Library Accounts courses New accounts (number) Accounts online Library Accounts courses Terminated and expired accounts (number) Licences online Library Total licences online Library (number) Licences online Library Licences e-books regular Total (number) Licences online Library Licences e-books regular Target group: youth Total (number) Licences online Library Licences e-books regular Target group: youth Fiction (number) Licences online Library Licences e-books regular Target group: youth Non-fiction (number) Licences online Library Licences e-books regular Target group: adults Total (number) Licences online Library Licences e-books regular Target group: adults Fiction (number) Licences online Library Licences e-books regular Target group: adults Non-fiction (number) Licences online Library Licences e-books VakantieBieb Total (number) Licences online Library Licences e-books VakantieBieb Target group: youth Total (number) Licences online Library Licences e-books VakantieBieb Target group: youth Fiction (number) Licences online Library Licences e-books VakantieBieb Target group: youth Non-fiction (number) Licences online Library Licences e-books VakantieBieb Target group: adults Total (number) Licences online Library Licences e-books VakantieBieb Target group: adults Fiction (number) Licences online Library Licences e-books VakantieBieb Target group: adults Non-fiction (number) Licences online Library Licences audio books Total (number) Licences online Library Licences audio books Target group: youth Total (number) Licences online Library Licences audio books Target group: youth Fiction (number) Licences online Library Licences audio books Target group: youth Non-fiction (number) Licences online Library Licences audio books Target group: adults Total (number) Licences online Library Licences audio books Target group: adults Fiction (number) Licences online Library Licences audio books Target group: adults Non-fiction (number) Licences online Library Licences courses Total (number) Licences online Library Licences courses Target group: youth (number) Licences online Library Licences courses Target group: adults (number)
2015 4,035,320 1,608,820 144,380 141,480 2,900 1,464,440 1,252,340 212,100 . 2,255,400 171,110 . 816,070 246,390 569,680 234,490 234,490 . 36,100 198,390 . 130,330 . . . 104,160 . . . . . . . . . 497,410 90,420 406,990 196,340 . 84,170 25,640 58,530 34,390 . . . . . . 10,680 10,610 890 790 110 9,720 6,880 2,840 70 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .
2016 5,064,110 2,801,970 273,780 263,020 10,760 2,526,100 2,193,690 332,410 2,090 1,912,520 337,850 11,770 1,151,100 497,380 653,720 346,750 344,060 2,690 66,360 277,470 230 204,460 37,570 166,690 200 142,290 28,800 113,470 30 . . . . . . 643,070 233,170 409,890 145,650 . 151,430 49,890 101,540 67,260 . 9,860 9,860 0 . . 13,140 12,300 1,420 1,230 190 10,880 7,070 3,810 60 . . . . . . 750 . . . . . . 30 . .
2017 6,368,530 3,211,940 286,230 275,960 10,270 2,768,060 2,415,250 352,810 157,650 2,223,530 890,540 42,520 1,576,810 602,650 974,170 440,950 433,950 7,000 90,590 343,120 250 213,360 43,710 169,600 60 227,590 46,880 180,520 190 96,240 91,860 4,380 2,040 1,970 70 791,480 254,410 537,070 148,410 . 306,350 100,760 205,590 154,900 . 38,040 34,120 3,920 28,190 . 19,540 18,220 2,110 1,920 190 16,110 11,430 4,690 70 40 30 0 30 30 0 1,210 210 210 0 1,010 490 520 40 0 40
2018* 6,588,280 3,515,940 323,230 312,970 10,260 3,189,520 2,766,740 422,780 3,190 1,709,230 1,336,700 26,420 1,797,640 586,480 1,211,160 410,800 401,420 9,380 97,130 304,210 70 213,090 45,910 167,150 30 197,710 51,220 146,440 50 82,450 75,040 7,410 107,660 107,570 90 883,300 213,920 669,370 91,820 . 442,890 123,060 319,830 136,540 . 60,660 36,420 24,240 22,620 . 23,900 21,580 2,600 2,280 320 18,980 13,090 5,890 60 30 30 0 30 30 0 2,210 370 370 0 1,840 1,200 630 50 0 50
Source: CBS.
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Table description


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.

Data available from: 2015.

Status of the figures:
The figures for 2018 are preliminary. All other figures are final.

Changes as of 21 November 2019:
None, this is a new table.

When will new figures be published?
Figures for 2019 will be published in November 2020.

Description topics

Use of digital products
The use of an e-book is called a ‘loan’. Since the other digital products offered by the online Library are downloaded instead of being loaned, the term ‘use’ applies to these products. When referring to all three of these products, the term 'use' is used.
Total use online Library
The use of an e-book is called a ‘loan’. Since the other digital products offered by the online Library are downloaded instead of being loaned, the term ‘use’ applies to these products. When referring to all three of these products, the term 'use' is used.
Regular loans e-books
The online platform 'online Library' is the regular channel for borrowing e-books. The loans of e-books via the application ‘Holiday Selection’, are excluded.
Total
Target group: youth
People under 18 years of age.
Total
Fiction
Stories mainly derived from the imagination of the writer. For example: fairy tales, novels, plays, poetry and comic books are often classified as fiction.
Non-fiction
Texts mainly used to convey information. For example: informative books in general, dictionaries, essays, scientific works, study books and travel guides. Newspaper and magazine articles are classified as non-fiction as well.
Target group: adults
People aged 18 and over.
Total
Fiction
Stories mainly derived from the imagination of the writer. For example: fairy tales, novels, plays, poetry and comic books are often classified as fiction.
Non-fiction
Texts mainly used to convey information. For example: informative books in general, dictionaries, essays, scientific works, study books and travel guides. Newspaper and magazine articles are classified as non-fiction as well.
Target group: unknown
Downloads e-books 'VakantieBieb'
Through the application 'VakantieBieb', free e-books are offered on smartphones and tablets (with iOS or Android operating system) during the summer holidays (from June until September). A library membership is not required for this service. This service is independent from the 'online Library' platform, which is the regular channel for borrowing e-books.

Downloads audio books
An audio book is a sound recording of a read book. Through the 'LuisterBieb' application, users can download audio books to listen to (it is possible to do this offline). Some of the titles in the LuisterBieb are available free of charge to anyone who registers for the LuisterBieb. The entire collection of the LuisterBieb is only available to public library members and members of the online Library.
Downloads courses
Library members are granted access to a collection of online courses. They can take two free online courses every year.
Accounts online Library
To be able to use the products of the online Library, a user has to complete a registration for the online Library system. This registration can be linked to the account of the public library or the online Library. These registrations are not necessarily unique: it is possible for a user to create multiple accounts.
Total accounts online Library
To be able to use the products of the online Library, a user has to complete a registration for the online Library system. This registration can be linked to the account of the public library or the online Library. These registrations are not necessarily unique: it is possible for a user to create multiple accounts.
Total active accounts
A national digital public library account is considered active, if per year at least one digital product is used. These accounts are not necessarily unique: it is possible for a user to create multiple accounts.
Total non-active accounts
A national digital public library account is considered non-active, if for a year no digital products have been used. These accounts are not necessarily unique: it is possible for a user to create multiple accounts.
Accounts e-books regular
To be able to borrow e-books via the regular channel, the online platform "online Library", an account must be created by a user. This account does not provide access to the 'Holiday Selection' application.
Total
Type account online Library
Membership public library
With a public library membership, an account can be created which allows members, at no additional costs, to use the products of the national digital public library, in addition to the physical library products.
Membership online Library
With a digital library membership, non-members of public libraries are granted access to the products of the national digital public library. Borrowing physical books at public libraries is not possible with this type of membership.
Age users online Library
Youth
People under 18 years of age.
Adults
People aged 18 and over.
Age unknown
Active accounts
A national digital public library account is considered active, if per year at least one digital product is used. These accounts are not necessarily unique: it is possible for a user to create multiple accounts.
Total
Youth
People under 18 years of age.
Adults
People aged 18 and over.
Age unknown
Non-active accounts
A national digital public library account is considered non-active, if for a year no digital products have been used. These accounts are not necessarily unique: it is possible for a user to create multiple accounts.

Total
Youth
People under 18 years of age.
Adults
People aged 18 and over.
Age unknown
New accounts
The amount of new accounts that have been newly registered, per calendar year.
Total
Membership public library
With a public library membership, an account can be created which allows members, at no additional costs, to use the products of the national digital public library, in addition to the physical library products..
Membership online Library
With a digital library membership, non-members of public libraries are granted access to the products of the national digital public library. Borrowing physical books at public libraries is not possible with this type of membership.
Terminated accounts
The number of accounts that have been terminated or expired, per calendar year (non-active accounts expire after a year).
Total
Membership public library
With a public library membership, an account can be created which allows members, at no additional costs, to use the products of the national digital public library, in addition to the physical library products.
Membership online Library
With a digital library membership, non-members of public libraries are granted access to the products of the national digital public library. Borrowing physical books at public libraries is not possible with this type of membership.
Accounts e-books VakantieBieb
Total
Active accounts
A national digital public library account is considered active, if per year at least one digital product is used. These accounts are not necessarily unique: it is possible for a user to create multiple accounts.
Non-active accounts
A national digital public library account is considered non-active, if for a year no digital products have been used. These accounts are not necessarily unique: it is possible for a user to create multiple accounts.
New accounts
The amount of new accounts that have been newly registered, per calendar year.
Terminated and expired accounts
The number of accounts that have been terminated or expired, per calendar year (non-active accounts expire after a year).
Accounts audio books
Total
Active accounts
A national digital public library account is considered active, if per year at least one digital product is used. These accounts are not necessarily unique: it is possible for a user to create multiple accounts.
Non-active accounts
A national digital public library account is considered non-active, if for a year no digital products have been used. These accounts are not necessarily unique: it is possible for a user to create multiple accounts.
New accounts
The amount of new accounts that have been newly registered, per calendar year.
Terminated and expired accounts
The number of accounts that have been terminated or expired, per calendar year (non-active accounts expire after a year).
Accounts courses
Total
Active accounts
A national digital public library account is considered active, if per year at least one digital product is used. These accounts are not necessarily unique: it is possible for a user to create multiple accounts.
Non-active accounts
A national digital public library account is considered non-active, if for a year no digital products have been used. These accounts are not necessarily unique: it is possible for a user to create multiple accounts.
New accounts
The amount of new accounts that have been newly registered, per calendar year.
Terminated and expired accounts
The number of accounts that have been terminated or expired, per calendar year (non-active accounts expire after a year).
Licences online Library
The rights the online Library has acquired to lend out copyrighted products.
Total licences online Library
The rights the online Library has acquired to lend out copyrighted products.
Licences e-books regular
The rights the online Library has acquired to lend out copyrighted products via the online platform "online Library".
Total
Target group: youth
People under 18 years of age.
Total
Fiction
Stories mainly derived from the imagination of the writer. For example: fairy tales, novels, plays, poetry and comic books are often classified as fiction.
Non-fiction
Texts mainly used to convey information. For example: informative books in general, dictionaries, essays, scientific works, study books and travel guides. Newspaper and magazine articles are classified as non-fiction as well.
Target group: adults
People aged 18 and over.
Total
Fiction
Stories mainly derived from the imagination of the writer. For example: fairy tales, novels, plays, poetry and comic books are often classified as fiction.
Non-fiction
Texts mainly used to convey information. For example: informative books in general, dictionaries, essays, scientific works, study books and travel guides. Newspaper and magazine articles are classified as non-fiction as well.
Licences e-books VakantieBieb
The rights the online Library has acquired to lend out copyrighted products through the "VakantieBieb" application.
Total
Target group: youth
People under 18 years of age.
Total
Fiction
Stories mainly derived from the imagination of the writer. For example: fairy tales, novels, plays, poetry and comic books are often classified as fiction.
Non-fiction
Texts mainly used to convey information. For example: informative books in general, dictionaries, essays, scientific works, study books and travel guides. Newspaper and magazine articles are classified as non-fiction as well.
Target group: adults
People aged 18 and over.
Total
Fiction
Stories mainly derived from the imagination of the writer. For example: fairy tales, novels, plays, poetry and comic books are often classified as fiction.
Non-fiction
Texts mainly used to convey information. For example: informative books in general, dictionaries, essays, scientific works, study books and travel guides. Newspaper and magazine articles are classified as non-fiction as well.
Licences audio books
The rights the online Library has acquired to lend out copyrighted products through the "LuisterBieb" application.
Total
Target group: youth
People under 18 years of age.
Total
Fiction
Stories mainly derived from the imagination of the writer. For example: fairy tales, novels, plays, poetry and comic books are often classified as fiction.
Non-fiction
Texts mainly used to convey information. For example: informative books in general, dictionaries, essays, scientific works, study books and travel guides. Newspaper and magazine articles are classified as non-fiction as well.
Target group: adults
People aged 18 and over.
Total
Fiction
Stories mainly derived from the imagination of the writer. For example: fairy tales, novels, plays, poetry and comic books are often classified as fiction.
Non-fiction
Texts mainly used to convey information. For example: informative books in general, dictionaries, essays, scientific works, study books and travel guides. Newspaper and magazine articles are classified as non-fiction as well.
Licences courses
The rights the online Library has acquired to make copyrighted courses available to users of the national digital public library.
Total
Target group: youth
People under 18 years of age.
Target group: adults
People aged 18 and over.