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NLK Project

NLK Digitized Materials Service

Supports research for Korean Studies by increasing accessibility of NLK digititized materials from overseas libraries
Current status of digitized materials

As of December, 2017

Type No. of Books No. of Pages Type No. of Books No. of Pages
Total 895,620 228,933,619
Private collections 13,472 2,054,578 New Literature novels 654 203,873
Old books & manuscripts 108,219 14,928,974 Music scores - 570,513
Old maps 196 5,293 Materials for children and young adults 61,022 8,418,406
Official gazettes
164 147,133 Valuable copies of serials 13,333 1,712,480
Textbooks 4,485 918,485 Doctoral dissertations in humanities 75,660 13,874,260
Domestically published Korea-related materials written in non-Korean language 234 47,430 Japanese materials
(until 1945)
91,777 35,707,304
Monographs 493,820 137,973,919 Government publications 13,575 2,798,130
Materials related to Dokdo Island 145 33,055 Selected Korean classics 615 92,540
Materials issued by the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism 1,939 646,281 Korea-related materials written in non-Korean language 14,830 5,103,388
Newspapers 565 3,609,023 Classical novels published in Hangul (the Korean alphabet) 915 88,554
How to use
  • Free use
    • Applicable to materials with copyrights expired or those permitted for free use
  • Copyrighted use through partnership agreement process  Download Agreement Process
    • Applicable to digital materials with copyrights
    • Accessible through designated PCs within partner libraries of the National Library of Korea
      * NLK will cover royalties for viewing/printing copyrighted full-texts until Aug. 2019.
  • Use full-text databases: the NLK's english website ( > Search > Digitized Materials
Contact Us
Country Library Cultural Service Center

Australian College of Christianity Library
Monash University Library

Belgium University of Leuven Library Korean Cultural Service Bruxelles
Canada University of British Columbia, Asian Library
University of Toronto Library
Korean Cultural Center in Canada
China Yanbian Library  
El Salvador USE Central Library
Finland Helsinki University Library
France L’ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales
Germany Berlin State Library
India University of Delhi, East Asian Studies Library Korean Cultural Center India
Japan Japan Missionary Theological Seminary Korean Cultural Service Tokyo
Kazakhstan M.S. Narikbayev Library, KAZGUU University
Mongolia National Library
Ulaanbaatar University Library
Myanmar Yangon University of Foreign Languages
Netherlands University Bibliotheken Leiden
Poland Tadeusz Mikulski Lower Silesia Public Library Korean Cultural Center Poland
Russia Russian State Library
Slovenia Central Social Sciences Library, University of Ljubljana
Thailand Korean Cultural Center Thailand
Turkey Korean Culture and Information Service Turkey
UK Korean Studies Library, University of Oxford Korean Cultural Center UK
Uruguay Korean Cultural Center Uruguay
USA Central Baptist Theological Seminary Library
Claremont Colleges Library
Harvard-Yenching Library
Korean Heritage Library
Princeton University Library
Richard C. Rudolph East Asian Library at University of California Los Angeles
Stanford University Library
University of California Langson Library
University of Chicago Library
University of Southern California Library
University of Washington Library
World Mission University Library
Korean Cultural Center NY
Uzbekistan National Library
Vietnam The Library of the University of Social Sciences And Humanities, Vietnam National University