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Newspapers and Contemporary Media Reading Room

Opening hours:

Study room temporarily closed


KBR opening hours:

The study room is located in the Newspapers and Contemporary Media Reading Room (Level 0).


Covid-19: adapted service

Newspapers have to be consulted in the General reading room. The Newspapers reading room currently serves as a study room. In this room you can study / read / work, but you can’t consult the collection.

  • Seat reservation is required.
  • 60 seats available.
  • The study room is open Monday to Friday.
Reserve a seat in the study room




How to consult newspapers

At the moment, you have to consult newspapers in the General reading room.

Newspapers are very fragile. Please only consult them on the tables set up specifically for that purpose and treat and browse the volumes of newspapers with the utmost care.


Digitised newspapers & newspapers on microfilm

The newspapers on microfilm and the digitised newspapers are directly accessible in the reading room. You also have access to the general works, dictionaries, bibliographies and indices in the reading room.

You also have remote access to all digitised newspapers via BelgicaPress. For this, you need to log in with your MyKBR account. Access to newspapers subject to copyright is only allowed if the documents will be used as illustration for teaching or for scientific research. More information on copyright.


Bound newspapers

Bound newspapers (collections J.B and J.E.) need to be requested online via the catalogue.

Newspapers that are still published today are only available bound in volumes about three months after their publication.


How to request bound newspapers

Requests are issued at regular times:

  • 10 a.m.
  • 12 noon
  • 3 p.m.

Please make your request at least 30 minutes in advance.

You may submit a request for a maximum of two volumes at once, and consult as many as six volumes in the reading room. The newspapers you requested will be available for eight days. This period can be prolonged on demand (in the reading room, via e-mail or by phone).

You can only consult items from the special collections Gaston Mertens and Vandermaelen under supervision of a staff member. For this, you need to send an e-mail to the curator: znep.qubber@xoe.or.


How to search for newspapers

There are various ways of searching in the KBR newspaper collections:

  • Via the online catalogue
  • For defunct newspapers: in the alphabetical, topographical and chronological catalogues on cards (to be consulted in the reading room)
  • On microfilm (almost 600 Belgian newspaper titles): using the “Mic Perm Catalogue of microfilms” (to be consulted in the reading room)
  • Via BelgicaPress


Copies and reproductions

You may take digital photographs of newspapers if they are intended for personal use. However, you may not use a flash or a handheld document scanner. You will need to fill in a special form that is available from the tables.

You can request photocopies or reproductions of original papers with the reproduction order form.


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