Searching for books per genre


For books up to 1800, the Short-Title Catalogue, Netherlands can be consulted with the search key 'subject heading'.
The following genres can be found via the subject headings:

  • occasional writings
  • periodicals
  • plays
  • poetry
  • song books

The STCN is the Dutch retrospective bibliography for the period 1540-1800; also included are concise descriptions of Dutch (post-)incunabula.
The STCN-database contains more than 190,000 titles and over 500,000 copies of books published in the Netherlands (irrespective of the language) and of books in Dutch published abroad (with the exception of Belgium). The STCN has been compiled by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, based on important Dutch and foreign collections, including those of the Koninklijke Bibliotheek itself, the University Libraries of Amsterdam, Leiden, Utrecht, the Vrije Universiteit, Delft and Groningen, the British Library and the University of London Library, the City Libraries of Haarlem and Deventer, the The Hague City Archive, the Alkmaar Regional Archive et cetera. The STCN has been completed in July 2009. The freely available database offers scientists, students and other interested persons many advanced search options.
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Biblia Sacra:
Biblia Sacra is an electronic bibliography, allowing its users to request information (text and reproductions) on bibles printed in the Netherlands and Belgium. Biblia Sacra provides extensive descriptions and numerous reproductions of typographical and iconographical material. It gives information on both the editions and invidual copies.
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Block books

Blockbücher aus bayerischen Sammlungen
Overview of digitized block books in collections in Bavaria with an index to collections, provenances and individual titles.
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Database of Bookbindings, British Library:
Searchable website of the British Library's bookbinding collections; with information and images of fine bindings of books printed in western Europe from the 15th century to date. There is also a selection from the collections of the National Library of the Netherlands.
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Childrens's books

DBNL: Onze kinderboeken
Seven thousand (old) children's books and prints from the Dutch-speaking regions on one website, available for everyone. This is the result of a project in which several major Dutch libraries and DBNL (Digital Library for Dutch Literature) work together. Aim is to expand the site to around 20,000 titles.
In Dutch only

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DBNL: Children's literature in 100 articles
De Digitale Bibliotheek voor de Nederlandse Letteren (Digital Library for Dutch Literature, DBNL) presents a representative selection of 100 articles on children's literature in the Netherlands. All articles are digitally available, and ordered by author, year and subject.
In Dutch only.

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The Centraal Bestand Kinderboeken (CBK) is a collective catalogue of 15 instutions, amongst which the KB. It has extensive information for each title, as well as extensive search options.
The CBK contains around 200,000 titles of childrens's books (from the 16th century up till now), and more than 60,000 descriptions of books and articles ón children's books.
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The website of the Stichting Geschiedenis Kinder- en Jeugdliteratuur (SGKJ), the Society for the History of Children's and Youth Literature, presents a virtual library and a picture gallery with hundreds of digitized children's books, pop-up books and catchpenny prints.
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Dutch literature

The Census Nederlands Toneel (CENETON) contains extensive descriptions of all manuscripts and printed editions of Dutch plays to 1803. Dutch plays is understood to mean texts written for performance written by a Dutchman, including translations and texts written in a foreign language.

Searchable online database for Dutch popular prose from the period 1550-1850. The database contains Over 28.000 titles, with information on book locations (both national and international), collation formulas, fingerprint pages and all necessary information on translations. All of this is supported by 48.000 photo's of title page, frontispiece and fingerprint pages.

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The AD & L Foundation and CENETON, in association with the Society for Dutch Literature and the Bibliotheca Thysiana in Leiden, present a series of digital facsimiles of well-known as well as obscure texts from the 17th and the 18th centuries.


The Incunabula Short Title Catalogue(ISTC) is a database produced by the British Library of titles of 15th century books in typeset. The database contains descriptions of incunables in the British Library and a large number of other libraries in the United Kingdom, as well as the central catalogues of incunables in the US, Italy, Belgium and The Netherlands. The addition of items from Germany and France, but also from the rest of the world, is at an advanced stage.
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Website that gives access to the digital historical collection of a variety of Dutch institutions. It contains books, newspapers, magazines and radio bulletins from the 17th, 18th, 19th and 20th century. Milions of pages are directly available. In Dutch only.
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The Early Modern Pamphlets Online (TEMPO):
Project that aims to ultimately provide digital facsimiles of all pamphlets in the major collections. The first release contains more than 47,000 Dutch and German pamphlets. Other series, including French Pamphlets, will be added in the future.
The Dutch Pamphlets series comprises both the complete Knuttel collection from Koninklijke Bibliotheek and the Van Alphen collection from Groningen University Library.
Users not in the KB-building require a subscription.


ABO: Annotated Books Online:
Annotated Books Online is a virtual research environment for scholars and students interested in historical reading practices. It is part of the research project “A Collaboratory for the Study of Reading and the Circulation of Ideas in Early Modern Europe”. The database contains digitized books with written annotations that have been of will be transcribed.
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Erfgoedcentrum Nederlands Kloosterleven:
Searchable online survey of collections and databases. The Erfgoedcentrum Nederlands Kloosterleven [Heritage Centre for Dutch monastic life] works on the accessibility of several collections. More than 90 monastic communities participate and approximately 50 archival inventories are now available online; other inventories will follow.

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