Prints Reading Room

Opening hours

  • Monday to Friday

  • from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

We recommend that you plan your visit ahead so we can provide the best service possible. If you have any questions, or if you want to make a reservation, please get in touch with us: printroom@kbr.be or +32 (0)2 519 58 10.

 

Location

At the moment, you can only enter the Royal Library via the Mont des Arts entrance (entrance number 2 on the accessibility plan). Please introduce yourself at the reception desk. A staff member will bring you to the reading room.

 

Ordering documents

The exhaustive specialist library on the history of the art of printing and drawing is freely accessible.

If you want to consult any of the items that are held in store, please fill in the request form in the Reading Room and hand it in at least 15 minutes in advance.

Requested documents are issued at regular times:

  • 9.30 a.m.
  • 10.30 a.m.
  • 11.30 a.m.
  • 12.30 p.m.
  • 2.30 p.m.
  • 3.30 p.m.
  • 4 p.m.

You will need the curator’s permission to consult rare and precious prints and drawings. Please make a request in advance by email or ask a member of staff. The curator may refuse access to some documents.

 

Searching in the catalogues

The print collection can be accessed online via the digitised card index.

You can search the collection

  • by the name of the artist
  • by keyword (only in French)
  • by free text (only in French)

Some of the historical catalogue cards are now located in the main catalogue. You can limit your search to the Prints Department’s collections by ticking “iconographic documents”.

New descriptions —in English, according to recent international standards— of important collections of prints and drawings are incorporated into this catalogue.

All the 15th century prints have been recently re-entered into the catalogue, and the same applies to graphic works by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas van Leyden, the Wierix family, the Collaert family, Maarten van Heemskerck, Hendrick Goltzius, Anthony van Dyck and Rembrandt. We are systematically digitising these collections. We also described and digitised a major part of our old drawings (by masters born before 1780) for the AGORA Drawings on Web project.

 

Contact

If you need any help to search in the prints collection or if you have a practical question, please get in touch with us by email or on +32 (0)2 519 58 10.