Five places to find out-of-copyright books from the Netherlands

In the Netherlands, copyright expires 70 years after the author’s death in most cases. Many books published in the early 1900s and earlier are in the public domain. Here are five places where you can find these publications.


Bookstore in Amsterdam, 1820. Credits: Johannes Jelgerhuis, collection Rijksmuseum (public domain)


Delpher is a website by the Royal Library of the Netherlands where you can find books, newspapers, and magazines.

Digitale Bibliotheek Nederlandse Letteren

The Digitale Bibliotheek Nederlandse Letteren (Digital Library Dutch Written Works)  contains many literary works from the Netherlands. Books can be viewed online or downloaded as PDFs.


Google Books has many Dutch books, sometimes digitized in collaboration with the Royal Library or other institutes in the Netherlands.

Internet Archive

The Internet Archive has several public domain books from the Netherlands and many other places.

Hathi Trust

The Hathi Trust Digital Library has several books from the Netherlands and many other places.

About Yvette Hoitink

Yvette Hoitink, CG®, QG™ is a professional genealogist in the Netherlands. She holds the Certified Genealogist credential from the Board for Certification of Genealogists and has a post-graduate diploma in Family and Local History from the University of Dundee. She has been doing genealogy for over 30 years and helps people from across the world find their ancestors in the Netherlands. Read about Yvette's professional genealogy services.


  1. Hi Yvette,

    Another place to find this kind of books is Project Gutenberg:

  2. Marianne Gossije says

    Hoi Yvette, ken je de site van Crescas, daar wordt verwezen naar de Joodse bibliotheek. Heel veel mooie Nederlandse literatuur.
    Groet, Marianne

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