Please make sure that the document that you need is not available via our digital resources before reserving a seat in the reading room.
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.Discover Belgica
Digitised newspapers and periodicals
Search millions of pages from Belgian newspapers and periodicals (full-text search) via these search robots:
Digitised mapsDiscover Cartesius
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 deposited via online legal deposit. For the time being, this is still done on a voluntary basis.
Born-digital publications can be found via the general catalogue. If the publisher or author allows the publication to be consulted freely, it can also be consulted outside the walls of KBR.
Your (free) My KBR account grants you access to databases, e-journals and e-books, mainly in the field of human and social sciences. These external e-resources are purchased by KBR.Discover all e-resources
Digitisation on demand
From 15 June we will be expanding our ‘Digit on Demand’ service. With this service you can ask for (parts of) documents to be scanned quickly, 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.