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Prints Reading Room

Opening hours:

Temporarily closed

KBR opening hours:
On Monday 19 december KBR will close at 4 pm.
Place du Musée 1
Brussels, 1000
+32 (0)2 519 58 10
Public entrance:

Please ring the bell to enter.

Covid-19: adapted service

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


Ordering documents

The exhaustive specialist library on the history of the art of printing and drawing is freely accessible.

If you want to consult the prints and drawings collection, please make an appointment. You can then use the online catalogue for reservations and requests for documents from the closed stacks.

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

The historical catalogue cards are now located in the catalogue. You can limit your search to the Prints Department’s collections by choosing Type of document > Iconographic document.

You can search the collection

  • by the name of the artist
  • by keyword (only in French)
  • by free text (only in French)

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.


Plan your visit

Please make an appointment before visiting the Reading Room, if you want to consult the collections. You can contact us via cevagebbz@xoe.or or +32 (0)2 519 58 10.

Read more about the collection