‘World Class Rapid Digitization of Cultural Heritage’

Germany’s cultural heritage now digitally available

The German Digital Library (DBB) has recently been launched in Berlin. It aims to be a network of culture and research, a unique archive of the cultural consciousness of Germany. The DDB want to offer everyone unrestricted access to Germany's cultural and scientific heritage, that is, access to millions of books, archived items, images, sculptures, pieces of music and other sound documents, as well as films and scores, from all over Germany.


The new website is currently in the trial phase. The new national multimedia portal encompasses sources from 1,800 cultural and academic institutions. The DDB should secure Germany's connectivity and competitiveness in the areas of science, research and education, but also make it possible for anyone to access Germany's unique cultural heritage and knowledge conveniently via one central point of entry.

The DBB constitutes another building block of the European online culture portal Europeana, a single access point to millions of books, paintings, films, museum objects and archival records that have been digitized throughout Europe. This was decided three years ago, on December 2, 2009.

In cooperation with libraries, museums, archives and cinémathèques, German culture heritage will be presented in multimedia format. Virtual museum tours and 3-D views of sculptures and memorials will all be available on the site, as are objects that aren't normally on display available to the wider public. Fragile manuscripts and books, items which are highly sensitive to climate conditions, can now be viewed digitally and, with the aid of a virtual magnifying glass, examined up close like never before.