The goal of the Deutsche Digitale Bibliothek (DDB) is 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. As a central, national portal, the DDB is aiming to bring together and network digital content from all of Germany’s cultural and scientific 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.
Access to the DDB is free to the user. There are existing copyright agreements and other rights to consider when accessing content. Because the digital content made available by the DDB is not actually held by the DDB but rather by the relevant institution (which is also the point of retrieval), those bodies are consequently responsible for any access monitoring or associated costs which may be required.