About KBR

What is KBR?

KBR is the national scientific library and collects all Belgian publications. The institution preserves, manages and studies more than 8 million documents, a rich cultural and historical heritage.

KBR provides access to all information in its collections, facilitates research and offers a broad cultural experience.

We have a lot to offer, more than ‘just books’. That is why today, the Royal Library of Belgium becomes KBR.  A unique and inspiring place with a wealth of outstanding knowledge – all protected and made accessible for you.



What does KBR mean?

Historically, KBR is a contraction of two names in two different languages: Koninklijke Bibliotheek and Bibliothèque royale. In the past, a number of different names have been used to denote KBR: Albertine, La Royale, BR, KBR, KB, Royal Library and so on.

With KBR as the name of the brand, we resolve the naming problem in all languages and clear up any uncertainty about the structure (KBR is more than just a library).


What does KBR have to offer?

  • Numerous information sources for scientific and historical research.
  • A rich range of cultural activities, during which you can discover our outstanding collections.
  • Inspiring spaces: a genuine haven of calm and tranquillity, for study and reflection.
  • Spaces that offer a full range of services and equipment ideal for professional gatherings and events.


A job at KBR

Would you like to join our team? Check out the possibilities:


Annual report

KBR’s annual report 2018-2019 is available in English. Previous reports are available both in French and Dutch.

Take a look


Guest organisations

Many organisations and not-for-profit associations are housed in the KBR building.

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