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Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek


The purpose of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) is to provide free access to books, pictures, sculptures, music and other sound recordings, films and sheet music, information on preserving monuments, virtual exhibitions, archive inventories. As the central national portal it will eventually link up the digital services offered by all cultural and scientific institutions in Germany as a means of granting all interested parties access to the nation's cultural heritage.

The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek provides expertly processed materials. It supplies reliable information from German cultural and academic institutions. The process if digitising the German cultural memory is planned to take many years. The first public beta version gives an impression of the possibilities offered by the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. The functions and virtual content of the portal are continually being expanded.

A competence network with responsibility for setting up and operating the library was launched in summer 2007. This consisted of representatives from federal, state and local government and was tasked with bundling the knowledge and experience of the institutions involved and making these publicly accessible. The network is responsible for facilitating the planned integration of the cultural and academic institutions and for making the existing expertise directly available to all parties involved.

Project partners

The following institutions were appointed to the general meeting of the competence network:

  • Bayerische Staatsbibliothek
  • Bibliotheksservice-Zentrum Baden-Württemberg
  • Brandenburgisches Landesamt für Denkmalpflege und Archäologisches Landesmuseum
  • Bundesarchiv
  • Deutsches Filminstitut
  • German National Library
  • Landesarchiv Baden-Württemberg
  • Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte
  • Niedersächsische Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Göttingen, in particular Göttinger Digitalisierungszentrum (GDZ)
  • Sächsische Landesbibliothek - Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Dresden
  • Stiftung Historische Museen Hamburg, in particular digiCult-Verbund eG
  • Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz
  • Digitales Kunst- und Kulturarchiv Düsseldorf (d:kult)

Length of project, funding

On the basis of a framework paper, the state (Conference of Prime Ministers from 28 to 30 October 2009) and federal (cabinet meeting on 2 December 2009) governments approved the plans and had an administrative agreement drawn up which guarantees annual funding of EUR 2.6 million for operating the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek until the year 2015.
The federal government provided EUR 8 million from its Konjunkturprogramm II fund for setting up the beta version as part of the required infrastructure.

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General questions regarding the competence network can be addressed to

Last update: 21.11.2012

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