Dutch Online Library; use, accounts and licenses


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.

Dutch Online Library; use, accounts and licenses

Periods Use of digital productsTotal use online Library (number) Use of digital productsRegular loans e-booksTotal (number) Regular loans e-booksTarget group: youthTotal (number) Regular loans e-booksTarget group: youthFiction (number) Regular loans e-booksTarget group: youthNon-fiction (number) Regular loans e-booksTarget group: adultsTotal (number) Regular loans e-booksTarget group: adultsFiction (number) Regular loans e-booksTarget group: adultsNon-fiction (number) Use of digital productsRegular loans e-booksTarget group: unknown (number) Use of digital productsDownloads e-books 'VakantieBieb' (number) Use of digital productsDownloads audio books (number) Use of digital productsDownloads courses (number) Accounts online LibraryTotal accounts online Library (number) Accounts online LibraryTotal active accounts (number) Accounts online LibraryTotal non-active accounts (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts e-books regularTotal (number) Accounts e-books regularType account online LibraryMembership public library (number) Accounts e-books regularType account online LibraryMembership online Library (number) Accounts e-books regularAge users online LibraryYouth (number) Accounts e-books regularAge users online LibraryAdults (number) Accounts e-books regularAge users online LibraryAge unknown (number) Accounts e-books regularActive accountsTotal (number) Accounts e-books regularActive accountsYouth (number) Accounts e-books regularActive accountsAdults (number) Accounts e-books regularActive accountsAge unknown (number) Accounts e-books regularNon-active accountsTotal (number) Accounts e-books regularNon-active accountsYouth (number) Accounts e-books regularNon-active accountsAdults (number) Accounts e-books regularNon-active accountsAge unknown (number) Accounts e-books regularNew accountsTotal (number) Accounts e-books regularNew accountsMembership public library (number) Accounts e-books regularNew accountsMembership online Library (number) Accounts e-books regularTerminated accountsTotal (number) Accounts e-books regularTerminated accountsMembership public library (number) Accounts e-books regularTerminated accountsMembership online Library (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts e-books VakantieBiebTotal (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts e-books VakantieBiebActive accounts (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts e-books VakantieBiebNon-active accounts (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts e-books VakantieBiebNew accounts (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts e-books VakantieBiebTerminated and expired accounts (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts audio booksTotal (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts audio booksActive accounts (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts audio booksNon-active accounts (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts audio booksNew accounts (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts audio booksTerminated and expired accounts (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts coursesTotal (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts coursesActive accounts (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts coursesNon-active accounts (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts coursesNew accounts (number) Accounts online LibraryAccounts coursesTerminated and expired accounts (number) Licences online LibraryTotal licences online Library (number) Licences online LibraryLicences e-books regularTotal (number) Licences e-books regularTarget group: youthTotal (number) Licences e-books regularTarget group: youthFiction (number) Licences e-books regularTarget group: youthNon-fiction (number) Licences e-books regularTarget group: adultsTotal (number) Licences e-books regularTarget group: adultsFiction (number) Licences e-books regularTarget group: adultsNon-fiction (number) Licences online LibraryLicences e-books VakantieBiebTotal (number) Licences e-books VakantieBiebTarget group: youthTotal (number) Licences e-books VakantieBiebTarget group: youthFiction (number) Licences e-books VakantieBiebTarget group: youthNon-fiction (number) Licences e-books VakantieBiebTarget group: adultsTotal (number) Licences e-books VakantieBiebTarget group: adultsFiction (number) Licences e-books VakantieBiebTarget group: adultsNon-fiction (number) Licences online LibraryLicences audio booksTotal (number) Licences audio booksTarget group: youthTotal (number) Licences audio booksTarget group: youthFiction (number) Licences audio booksTarget group: youthNon-fiction (number) Licences audio booksTarget group: adultsTotal (number) Licences audio booksTarget group: adultsFiction (number) Licences audio booksTarget group: adultsNon-fiction (number) Licences online LibraryLicences coursesTotal (number) Licences online LibraryLicences coursesTarget group: youth (number) Licences online LibraryLicences coursesTarget 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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