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Maps and Plans Reading Room

Opening hours

The Reading Room will be closed on Thursday 07 December. Contact us via should you have any questions.

  • from Monday to Friday
  • from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.



At the moment, you can only enter the Royal Library via the Mont des Arts entrance (entrance number 2 on the accessibility plan). Please introduce yourself at the reception desk. A staff member will bring you to the Reading Room.


How to consult the documents

The Maps and Plans Department allows unrestricted access to the reference works in its Reading Room, which contains biographical and geographical dictionaries, dictionaries of the Belgian municipalities and other municipalities, bibliographies, facsimiles, historical and geographical atlases, encyclopaedias and journals. Read more about the collection.

If you want to consult any documents that are held in store, please fill in a request form in the Reading Room. If you are looking for specific maps or if you want to put in a request to consult more than fifteen documents, please make your request in advance by email.

Requested documents are issued at regular times:

  • 9.30 a.m.
  • 10.30 a.m.
  • 11.30 a.m.
  • 12.30 p.m.
  • 2.30 p.m.
  • 3.30 p.m.
  • 4 p.m.

Please hand in your request form at least 15 minutes in advance.

You will need the curator’s permission to consult rare and precious documents, such as pieces from the collection of valuable objects. These documents are listed on the inventory in the Reading Room.

Please make a request in advance by email or in the Reading Room.


How to search in the catalogues

There are several ways of looking for a document in the collection:

  • Using the online catalogue

  • Using the topographical catalogue (on paper)

  • Using the catalogue of towns (on paper)

  • Using the catalogue of authors (on paper)

All documents dating from after 1997 are listed in the online catalogue, but the best way to search for older documents is to search both the automated catalogue and the paper catalogues.



Contact the department using the contact form.