KBR, more than a library

KBR has been completely redesigned to treasure time. It is an inspiring place where you have access to exceptional knowledge. As a public space in the heart of Brussels, KBR attracts many passers-by and students who are looking for a pleasant place to study, read, work or have a bite.

Just like the heritage that we preserve, the inner garden and the beautiful view of Brussels are among our treasures. In 2019, many adjustments were made to offer visitors relaxation spaces where it is even more pleasant to stay. Discover the extras that KBR provides on this page.





Enjoy healthy, fresh food in our restaurant on the 5th floor, while enjoying a beautiful panoramic view of Brussels. Be sure to take a look at the rooftop terrace. With sustainability in mind, the chef always uses seasonal and regional products. The restaurant reopens soon.

Discover the offer





Relaxation spaces


Thanks to the redesign of the reception of KBR, it became a very pleasant place to abide. Take a seat in our lounge while you wait for your appointment or work quietly on your laptop. You can buy a museum ticket or a reader’s card at the counter. The staff will help you with all of your questions.

Inner garden

In our courtyard you can get a breath of fresh air while taking a break from studying or researching. It is a green and pleasant resting place in the middle of the busy center of the city.






Our shop is the right place to visit if you are looking for a book or a nice gift.

You can buy the books and exhibition catalogues that KBR publishes, prints of works by famous artists and unique products that we develop in collaboration with artists.

Go shopping




Concert hall

KBR houses a small concert hall on the 4th floor. Six times a year we organise a musical encounter.

Every concert is an journey to the heart of scores that are preserved in the institution. Talented and passionate musicians bring you well-known as well as unknown musical treasures from their repertoire.

Enjoy a concert





Venue hire

KBR is the perfect location for your event or meeting. The stylish venues are an original place for your receptions, conferences, events, meetings, presentations or courses.

You find us centrally located: in the heart of Brussels, right next to Central Station and with an underground parking space next door.

View the range of venues




Exhibition space

In 2019, KBR renovated the palace of Charles of Lorraine, an 18th-century palace encased in the library building. The palace was transformed into a beautiful exhibition space, the first exhibition being “The World of Bruegel in Black and White“. The exhibition showed a complete collection of Bruegel’s prints in the context of the Bruegel Year.

In 2022 an exhibition about the world-famous jazz musician Toots Thielemans will take place at KBR. The Toots Thielemans fund that is conserved at KBR contains hundreds of photos, press clippings, about fifty scores, books, letters and other objects that illustrate the eventful life of the musician.