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Reading room

In our reading room you can consult all collection items of the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library. You can also search our digital databases and have reproductions made. And for those who want to get to know the library and its heritage collections in more detail, there are our introductory sessions or workshops.

Reading room opening hours

The reading room is open at these times:

From 16 June until 31 August 2024: 
Monday to Friday: 9 am – 5 pm

Notice: from 1 September 2024, the opening hours of our reading room will change.

During the academic year:
Monday to Thursday: 10 am – 6 pm
Friday: 10 am – 4 pm
Every first Saturday of the month: 10 am – 4 pm

July and August:
Monday to Thursday: 10 am – 5 pm
Friday: 10 am – 4 pm

Free membership

Not yet a member of our library? Then apply first for your FREE MEMBERSHIP.

Request books and magazines

To organise a visit to the reading room as efficiently as possible, we ask you to reserve the books, magazines or newspapers you want to consult online via the catalogue as much as possible in advance. Switch to English in the upper right-hand corner. Works that you have reserved via the catalogue remain available in the reading room in your name for a fortnight.

Having problems ordering works from our catalogue? We explain it here step by step.


Do not hesitate to call (+32 3 338 87 10) or send us an email.

Computers and microfilm

Computers and microfilm machines can be used freely (without reservation).

Scanning and photocopying

You can use the photocopying and scanning equipment yourself. Scans are free of charge, prints are charged. Ask one of our reading room staff for more information in advance.

Digital service

We also help you 'at home'. We scan articles from magazines, chapters from books, contributions from catalogues, etc. for you free of charge and mail them to you. If you have a good idea of what information you are looking for, you do not need to come to the library.
If possible, we will also help you with other information requests by email or telephone: +32 3 338 87 10.
Not yet a member of our library? Request your free membership here and then send us your (scan) questions exclusively via email.


The reading room is wheelchair accessible.

Cash-free payment

You can pay cash-free in the Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library. 
We accept Bancontact, Mastercard, Maestro, VISA and V Pay. You can also pay with QR code, Discover, Diners, JCB, CUP and Visa Electron.

Rules and regulations

By using our reading room, you agree to our reading room regulations.