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Maps and Plans Reading Room

Opening hours:

Consult this collection in the General reading room.

KBR opening hours:

The Maps and Plans Reading Room is located on Level -2.


How to consult maps and plans

  • All collections have to be consulted in the General reading room.
  • Seat reservation is required.
  • Please reserve your documents 2 working days in advance.

You will need the curator’s permission to consult rare and precious documents. Please make a request in advance by email.


History of the Maps and Plans Department

The maps and plans used to be kept in the Prints Department. In fact, it was only in the early years of the twentieth century that a specific geographical classification system was created for these documents and they could finally be catalogued. After the Second World War, people realised the richness and special qualities of the cartographical collections and a separate Maps and Plans Department was founded, where the collections were re-arranged, stored in suitable cabinets and made available to the public.


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