KBR’s digital collections

The digitised collection

You can view and search the digitised collection in Belgica, our digital library. It is currently only possible to view the images; you cannot download them. It is our intention to enable this in the future.

Should you need a (digital) copy of a document, you have to order a reproduction.

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Digitised newspapers and periodicals

You can search millions of pages from historical Belgian newspapers and periodicals via our dedicated full-text search engines:

Digitised maps

On the website www.cartesius.be you will find the most beautiful plans, maps and aerial photographs of Belgium and Central Africa. Many maps from our collection can be viewed on this website.

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Born-digital publications

In addition to KBR’s digitised collection (digital versions of analog documents), there is also a collection of born-digital publications. These materials originate in a digital form. This type of publication is acquired via online legal deposit, on a voluntary basis. Born-digital publications can be found via the catalogue. If the publisher or author allows it, the publication can also be consulted outside the walls of KBR.

Electronic resources

KBR also purchases external e-resources and allows its users to access them for free. You have access to databases, e-journals and e-books, mainly in the field of human and social sciences. The electronic resources are accessible remotely if you have an e-resources subscription. If you have a valid reader’s card, remote access is included. Simply log in to your MyKBR account for access.

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Digitisation on demand

Via our Digit on Demand service you can ask for (parts of) documents to be scanned, so that you do not have to come to Brussels. KBR will send you the digital file as soon as possible.

Read more on digital collections and copyright.