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The Dutch Book Historical Society (NBV) is a society set up for all lovers of old and modern books in all their forms. The NBV was established in 1993 and is a dynamic society with ca. 600 members, ranging from prominent scholars to amateur researchers, from journalists to antiquarian book dealers. The Society is based in Leiden; since 1997 the NBV operates under the auspices of the Maatschappij der Nederlandse Letterkunde. The NBV organizes a wide range of activities for its members, either on its own or in co-operation with other institutions from the world of the book.

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Membership of the NBV is open to all. Members receive a copy of the Yearbook, invitations for general meetings and other activities.

Contribution per calendar year (as of 2024):

  • Individuals: 40 euros
  • Students: 17.50 euros
  • Institutions and libraries: 45 euros

Anyone wishing to support the work of the Society in a special way can become a benefactor from 120 euro a year. Life membership fee is 680 euro.

If you live overseas, an additonal postal charge will be added.

How to join?
You can join the Society by sending an e-mail to info@boekgeschiedenis.nl or by filling in our membership form (in Dutch).

Student members are asked to supply the number on their student ID card.
Membership runs per calendar year and is automatically renewed unless cancelled in writing before the first of December.


The Yearbook for Dutch Book History publishes articles in the Dutch and English language on all aspects of the book history of the Low Countries. The Yearbook is aimed at a broad spectrum of readers, including scholars, bibliophiles and specialists in the library and heritage sectors. The Yearbook welcomes contributions on varied methodologies of book history, ranging from studies on the materiality of the book, paleography and visual culture, to readers and readership, libraries and book collecting and digital developments in the realm of the book. Scholarly contributions are subject to double-blind peer review. An accessible and narrative style of writing is especially valued, given that the Yearbook also functions as the journal of the Dutch Book Historical Association (NBV).

Each issue of the Yearbook contains a combination of articles on a central theme, and a selection of other articles. Examples of recent themes include: music, the book and illustration, illegal and underground publishing, news and current affairs, and paper. Articles may be accompanied by a lengthy summary in a language other than the language of the article. The Yearbook also accepts, on an incidental basis, relevant non-scholarly contributions or articles in which broader international developments in the discipline are discussed, including review articles. The deadline for contributions is 1 November.

For contributions please contact the editorial board.

Download the author’s guidelines (pdf).

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Yearbooks 1994-2019 (DBNL)

Yearbooks 2021-… (Amsterdam University Press)