Koninklijke Bibliotheek
Koninklijke Bibliotheek

The electronic national history of the printed book in the Netherlands.

It is a scholarly, interactive information system with which the researcher can gain insight into the state of affairs in the history of the book and access documentation. Bibliopolis is characterised by its use of innovative application of information technology in order to process and make available documentation and research results. Bibliopolis offers the researcher integrated access to various information sources:


Survey of the history of the printed book in the Netherlands, in 158 parts written by 40 leading book historians.

1460-1585: Rise and general dissemination
1585-1725: Hey-day as centre of world trade

• Image databasek

Illustrations on the Dutch history of the book: a selection of highlights of the Dutch art of printing, portraits of printers and publishers, typefaces, printer's devices, watermarks etc.

• Reference material

Extensive search options into biographical data, bibliographical databases, information on book auctions, guide to book-historical websites and to special collections in Dutch research libraries.

• Full text secondary literature

Widely-used book-historical studies have been digitised.

• Retrospective bibliography

Cross-references to online catalogues at home and abroad that register and make available the printed book.

Bibliopolis was developed by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek in co-operation with the universities of Amsterdam, Leiden, Nijmegen and Utrecht and the Nederlandse Boekhistorische Vereniging (Dutch Bookhistorical Society). The system, including the underlying database and the accessory search facilities, is maintained by the Koninklijke Bibliotheek.