Digitized Materials

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The Library provides digitization services for some of the materials held by the NLK, including old and rare documents such as valuable materials and single copies, and the materials for which five years have passed since the dates of their publication.

Restrictions on Using Digitized Materials

Full-texts digitized by the National Library of Korea for which their copyrights have expired or their use has been approved can be used by anyone free of charge. However, fees apply for the use of all other copyrighted materials under the Copyright Act (Article 31 Reproductions in Libraries and so on). Fees are charged based on the relevant policies of partner libraries (including public, university, research and special libraries) that are under an agreement with the National Library of Korea.

Digitized Materials Agreement Process PDF file

Types of Digitized Materials

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Types Description
Old books A full-text database of digitized cultural assets (national treasures, treasures, etc.), valuable books, rare books and various other old books held by the National Library of Korea
* Including the national treasure “Sipchil Sachan Gogeum Tongyo (Essentials of Seventeen Dynastic Histories)”; the treasures “Seokbo Sangjeol (Episodes from the Life of Sakyamuni Buddha)” and “Dongui Bogam (Principles and Practice of Eastern Medicine)”; and “Gyuwon Sahwa (Historical Tales of Ancient Korea)”
Old maps A full-text database of digitized old maps held by the National Library of Korea, with links to indexes and information on specific places to facilitate place and location search
Textbooks A full-text database of digitized textbooks held by the National Library of Korea
Domestically published Korea-related materials written in non-Korean language A full-text database of digitized materials on Korea held by the National Library of Korea, written in a foreign language and published in Korea
Official gazettes (1894-1945) A full-text database of digitized official gazettes of the Korean Empire and Japanese Governor-General of Korea, published between 1894 and 1945
Monographs A full-text database of digitized monographs held by the National Library of Korea, published after 1945 and for which five years have passed since the dates of their publication (Copyright Act, Article 31 Paragraph 3)
Materials related to Dokdo Island A full-text database of digitized Dokdo Island-related materials held by the National Library of Korea
Materials issued by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism A full-text database of digitized materials on culture issued by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and affiliated institutions
New Literature novels A full-text database of digitized New Literature novels published during the past 100 years, selected by the Korea Writers Association and for which copyright issues have been cleared
Music scores A full-text database of digitized music scores held by the National Library of Korea, including scores that have ratings by the Korea Media Rating Board indicated on them
Materials for children and young adults A full-text database of digitized materials for children and young adults held by the National Library of Korea and the National Library for Children and Young Adults (Private Collections). These domestically published materials were selected and recommended by various institutions.
Valuable copies of serials A full-text database of digitized serials held by the National Library of Korea, published prior to 1950 and designated as valuable materials
* Including the monthly magazines “Gaebyeok (Great Opening)” and “Sonyeon (The Boy)” from the 1920s
Academic books A full-text database of digitized academic books selected by the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Korea
Doctoral dissertations in humanities A full-text database of digitized doctoral theses in the humanities prior to 1997 held by the National Library of Korea
Japanese materials (until 1945) A full-text database of digitized materials of significance published in Japanese prior to 1945 held by the National Library of Korea
Government publications A full-text database of digitized government publications held by the National Library of Korea
Newspapers A full-text database of digitized newspapers, including modern newspapers such as “Hwangsung Soonbo” and “Jaegook Shinmun”, as well as newspapers issued from 1945 to 1950
Note: Old newspapers are classified as Korea Open Government License (KOGL) Type 1 materials and can be freely used.
Classical novels published in Hangul (the Korean alphabet) A full-text database of digitized class Korean novels published in the 1910s to 1930s, including ttakjibon novels, yookjeon novels and storybooks
Selected Korean classics A full-text database of the digitized collection “Selected Korean classics that move our hearts” selected by Dong-A Ilbo newspaper
Korea-related materials written in non-Korean language A full-text database of digitized Korea-related records published prior to 1945 in Japan and other overseas countries