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General Reading Room Contemporary Printed Books

Opening hours:

Temporarily closed (read more)

KBR opening hours:

Monday to Friday:  10:00 – 12:45  and  13:15 – 16:00

KBR will reopen on 15 June.
Mont des Arts
Brussels, 1000 Belgium
+32 (0)2 519 53 11
Public entrance:

Boulevard de l’Empereur 2


If you want to consult any of the documents in the collection of Contemporary Printed Books or simply study in peace and quiet, you can visit one of the three reading rooms on the ground floor (level 0):

  1. General Reading Room (160 seats)
    This room is accessible to anyone who wants to consult documents from the collection.
  2. Work Room (120 seats)
    This room is reserved for researchers who regularly use the library for longer periods. Request a seat.
  3. Study Room (200 seats)
    This room is reserved for studying. You cannot consult books in this room.


How to request publications

You can request books from Monday to Saturday, between 9 a.m. and 3.45 p.m. We do not issue any books between midday and 1 p.m. If you request documents in the reading room, you can consult them the same day.


Searching the collection

You can use the online catalogue or the various card catalogues.

Tips for searches in our catalogues


Requesting a book

  1. Go to the online catalogue and sign in to your MY KBR account.
  2. Find the document in the catalogue.
  3. In the record, click ‘Consultation’.

If you want to consult a document that is not in the online catalogue, please use the special request form.

To avoid long waiting times, you may make a request every 20 minutes (every half hour on Saturdays) for no more than five publications at once. You may request up to five successive volumes or years.



Interlibrary loans

You can request publications that are not available at KBR through the Interlibrary Loan Service. Check the guidelines, prices and restrictions.

Interlibrary loans


Reference works

Reference works, which you are free to use, are arranged per subject in the reading rooms and in the Catalogue Room. A map with the layout of these reference works is available at the desk in the Catalogue Room.



Each room has a Wi-Fi connection and sockets so you can connect your laptop. The Catalogue Room also has a number of computers which readers may use. Their main purpose is for consulting the online catalogue. Although these work stations have access to the Internet, they cannot be used to download or print documents.


Copies and reproductions

There are three options for making copies of documents:

  1. The General Reading Room has two photocopiers for general use. The Work Room also has a photocopier.
  2. However, if you need an image that is better quality than the ones produced by the photocopiers, you can order a reproduction (a scan or photocopy). It is not possible to make scans or copies of documents from before 1850 or rare books. View all prices.
  3. You may take digital photographs of documents that are stored in the Contemporary Printed Books collection if they are intended for personal use (this includes treatises or dissertations that won’t be published). However, you may not use a flash or a tripod. You will need to fill in a special form that is available from the desk. Please always respect the copyrights.


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