1. What is Open Access?

    Open Access refers to the provision of immediate, free, and unrestricted online access to intellectual property works. Access is provided with appropriate and lawful licensing, and without cost to the reader, namely by offering works with an open content license, to allow for the use and reuse of material knowledge from the works, into any digital or analogue medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The open content license may specify other conditions in addition to the attribution of original work, the observance of which is necessary for the lawful use of protected intellectual property works.

  2. What is the Digital Collections Platform?

    The Digital Collections Platform is a web-based gateway that hosts all digitized material. This material is divided into individual collections, each of which includes a set of digitized archives. For every collection and every archive, there is a corresponding description. All of the items hosted on the Platform are openly accessible and searchable online.

  3. What does the Digital Collections Platform contain?

    The Digital Collections Platform contains digitized archives, such as manuscripts, scientific journals, and works of art. The collections are constantly enriched with new digitized material, including valuable books, posters, and maps.

  4. What can users do within the Digital Collections Platform?

    The Digital Collections Platform provides everyone with the opportunity to discover and explore the wealth of the National Library's Digitized Collections. Users can access the Platform to search for information, browse through the archives, save and print materials at low resolution, subject to restrictions.

  5. At what analysis can the user view the digitized material?

    All digital material is scanned at high resolution with the aim of capturing significant and exact details, and of facilitating on-screen reading.

  6. How do users register for the Digital Collections Platform?

    Registration can be completed through the central user certification system of the NLG.

  7. What privileges do Registered users of the Digital Collections Platform have?

    Registered users can post annotations on individual materials. Posts undergo content review before being published, in order to avoid the posting of malicious information. Registered users have the ability to create and store a list of favourite items, as well as receive notifications regarding additions to the collections.

  8. Can users print the digitized material?

    Registered users can print the digitized material at no cost, at a low resolution. There is a relevant policy for downloading and/or printing a high-resolution copy.

  9. Can users reuse part of the digitized material and how?

    All material works in the NLG’s Digital Collections are subject to specific terms of use and licensing, which permits for reuse and reproduction, on the condition of proper attribution to all licensors and beneficiaries of the work’s intellectual property rights,  no derivative work is created, and there is no direct or indirect commercial use and/or distribution of the works.
    Every individual digital work is governed by specific usage terms, which may vary. The NLG recommends users to consult the license for each digital work.
    Concerning digitized material resulting from the NLG’s collaborations with individual organizations, when concerning a hosted collection, the National Library ensures compliance with cultural and ethical standards, and use of digital documents in accordance to the contractual commitments of the cooperation agreement.