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Reader’s cards: prices and regulations

The Royal Library of Belgium is a reference library, which means that you can only consult the books at the Library. You may only visit the Reading Rooms if you have a reader’s card.

How to apply for a reader’s card

You must be at least 16 years old to apply for a reader’s card. Take proof of identification to the subscription desk at the Gutenberg entrance on the Mont des Arts. Students should also bring proof of their university or college enrolment.

Reader’s cards can be renewed when they expire. The Royal Library reserves the right to withdraw the card if you do not observe the Library Regulations.


  • day cards: EUR 5.00
  • annual cards: EUR 25.00
  • annual cards for students and journalists: EUR 15.00
  • second copies: EUR 5.00

Subscription desk: opening hours

  • from Monday to Friday, from 9 a.m. to 6.45 p.m.
  • Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.


Lost your card?

Please ask for a second copy at the subscription desk. A second copy always costs EUR 5.00.


Library Regulations

What is allowed in the Library and what is not allowed? Our Library Regulations explain everything about the mandatory cloakroom and the rules that apply in the building. They also explain which sorts of documents may be photographed and which may not.

Download the Library Regulations in French or Dutch (PDF)