Prints Reading Room
Monday to Friday
from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Request materials in advance to make the most of your time on site.
The Reading Room is located in a separate building along with the Maps and Plans Reading Room and has its own entrance.
Palace of Charles of Lorraine
Place du Musée 1 - 1000 Brussels
The exhaustive specialist library on the history of the art of printing and drawing is freely accessible.
If you want to consult any of the items that are held in store, please fill in the request form in the Reading Room and hand it in at least 15 minutes in advance.
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.
You will need the curator’s permission to consult rare and precious prints and drawings. Please make a request in advance by email or ask a member of staff. The curator may refuse access to some documents.
Searching in the catalogues
You can search the collection
- by the name of the artist
- by keyword (only in French)
- by free text (only in French)
Some of the historical catalogue cards are now located in the main catalogue. You can limit your search to the Prints Department’s collections by ticking “iconographic documents”.
New descriptions —in English, according to recent international standards— of important collections of prints and drawings are incorporated into this catalogue.
All the 15th century prints have been recently re-entered into the catalogue, and the same applies to graphic works by Albrecht Dürer, Lucas van Leyden, the Wierix family, the Collaert family, Maarten van Heemskerck, Hendrick Goltzius, Anthony van Dyck and Rembrandt. We are systematically digitising these collections. We also described and digitised a major part of our old drawings (by masters born before 1780) for the AGORA Drawings on Web project.
If you need any help to search in the prints collection or if you have a practical question, please get in touch with us by email or call us: +32 (0)2 519 58 10.