Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek Relaunched: Better Features, More Content, New Search Options

News from 04/20/2023

From May 2023, the website of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) will have even more cultural treasures to discover. The DDB now has more than 45 million cultural objects on virtual display from the digital collections of approximately 780 cultural and knowledge institutions.

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The Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek brings together more than 45 million cultural objects from the digital collections of approximately 780 cultural and knowledge institutions. To make it easier to navigate this abundance and variety, the DDB has overhauled its website and now offers even more contextual information.

Sixty new institutions have joined the library, together presenting approximately 500,000 additional digital objects. These additions and improvements were made as part of a project called "User-Oriented Restructuring of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek," which was funded by the Federal Commissioner for Culture and the Media (BKM) from 2020 to 2023 in the framework of the NEUSTART KULTUR program.

Anyone can access the content – at no charge, ad-free, and with no registration required. The newly launched version is sure to whet appetites for more culture, with more than 20 "dossiers" containing blog entries, picture galleries, virtual exhibitions and interactive elements on various topics. In addition to these themed sections, there are over 170 virtual exhibitions offering deeper insights into some of the cultural highlights presented in the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek. These have been prepared by our partner institutions throughout Germany based on broad subject areas as well as detailed topics. Together, they illustrate the variety of content that users can explore on the DDB website.

The new content will be presented at a ceremony in Berlin followed by a hands-on demonstration on May 8, 2023

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