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The German National Library offers the following ongoing and retrospective datasets in machine-readable formats via WWW or FTP:

The records are supplied in MARC 21, MARC21-xml, RDFxml (not available for all data) and DNB Casual (for bibliographic data only) formats. The HTML page in ISBD format (ISBD tags) is only offered for the New Release Service (ND) and the series of the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie (except for Series O) via the Data Shop and WWW and FTP servers. The provision of data via WWW or FTP is subject to fees. A contract must be entered into in order to obtain records.
The records are provided, as available, with no guarantee to its being continuous, punctual, error-free or complete, or to its not infringing the rights of third parties (e.g. personal rights and copyright).

Complete deliveries under CC0 1.0 license

The following records are available free of charge under a CC0 1.0 license (see Terms of purchase and use). Since the end of January 2014, some geographic authority data contains unchanged coordinates from the GeoNames database. Since October 2015, some bibliographic data contains subject classes from Thema, a subject category scheme for a global book trade.
Most of the ZDB (available in German only) holdings records can also be re-used free of charge. The actual license status is indicated in the records themselves.

Complete deliveries under CC0 1.0 license
Full copy
(updated: October 2015)
Provision (update)FormatsNumber of records / size of data (zipped)
DNB bibliographic records
February, July, OctoberMARC 21approx. 14 million / approx. 3.2 GB
DNB bibliographic records*February, June, OctoberRDFxml &
approx. 11.9 million / approx. 1.2 GB
Integrated Authority File (GND)February, June, OctoberMARC 21approx. 11.1 million / approx. 1.2 GB
RDFxml &
approx. 0.8 GB
ZDB bibliographic recordsMarch and SeptemberMARC 21approx. 1.8 million / approx. 430 MB
RDFxml &
approx. 185 MB
ZDB holdings recordsMarch and SeptemberMARC 21approx. 14.7 million / approx. 1.1 GB

*Limited to bibliographic records for which an RDFxml version is available.

Log-in data

Please mail for the relevant log-in data to obtain a complete delivery in MARC 21 or MARC21-xml format, stating the required option.

Linked Data

The basic data holdings of the bibliographic records of the DNB and the ZDB plus the Integrated Authority File (GND) are available for download free of charge in RDFxml and RDF/turtle format under CC0 1.0 licence as part of the Linked Data Service.

Metadata updates

The data is updated via the free OAI interface (only XML variant) or for the GND and bibliographic records and holdings of ZDB via the weekly update service and through charged installments from the WWW or FTP server (MARC 21 and XML variant).

Entity Facts

Entity Facts is a data service of the German National Library which provides machine-readable "fact sheets" on the "Person" entity in the Integrated Authority File (GND). The entity data are provided in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), permitting them to be embedded simply in external applications. The data service is currently in the test phase and is therefore offered as a beta version.

Download of individual data records

Individual data records may also be obtained:

Test records

Test records (available in German only) are offered in the formats listed above. Test records in the RDFxml format can be accessed via the catalogue (available in German only).

New developments regarding data services and information on format changes

The formats are modified at defined intervals (available in German only); relevant changes are published three months in advance.

Further processing of metadata

To start with further processing of the metadata the software MarcEdit, d:swarm or the Metafacture software suite offer suitable solutions.

Last update: 25.11.2015

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