Guidelines and instructions for CrossAsia DoD orders

Only digitisation orders can be accepted that

  • refer to Asia related titles or are written in an Asian language.
  • refer to works which are in the public domain, i.e. at least seventy years beyond the death of the author, or out of print works by a German publisher with publication year until 1965, or for which the author (i.e. copyright holder) grants CrossAsia with the non-exclusive rights for digitisation and online presentation. Please ask us if you need help with copyrights clearance.
  • are not digitised and freely available on the Internet.
  • aim for a complete reproduction of the independent bibliographical unit – e.g. monographs, journal volumes, yearbooks, commemorative publications, and collections, but not individual articles therefrom.
  • do not aim for a commercial or industrial use of parts or the whole digitised object.

If these conditions do not apply, please use the general digitisation services of Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin.

A rejection of DoD orders – including those that are in conformity with the criteria above – remains subject to the institutions. Possible reasons, amongst others, are for conservation reasons, if the available funds are exhausted, or because of a distributive justice for very extensive digitisation orders.

Contact FID Asia

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin - PK
East Asia Department
Tel.: +49 30 266-436001
E-Mail: x-asia(at)