About KBR

KBR. Where time is treasured.


The Royal Library of Belgium is the national scientific library. It collects all Belgian publications and preserves, manages and studies an extensive cultural and historical heritage. It provides the public with access to information, facilitates research and offers a broad cultural experience.


KBR will contribute to the democratic foundations of an increasingly digital society, by providing citizens with reliable and sustainable information.

What does the name 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 2020 is 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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