More than ‘just books’.
KBR is the national scientific library and collects all Belgian publications. The institution preserves, manages and studies more than 8 million documents, a rich cultural and historical heritage.
KBR provides access to all information in its collections, facilitates research and offers a broad cultural experience.
KBR, a unique and inspiring place with a wealth of outstanding knowledge - all protected and made accessible for you.
Belgium has been hiding a valuable treasure for 600 years.
Explore the 15th century in our region through the images, stories and characters from the Library of the Dukes of Burgundy. Discover Europe’s medieval cultural past against the backdrop of the sixteenth-century Chapel of Nassau.
These masterpieces, which have survived the ravages of time and of history, have been looked after for you by KBR. It is now opening its vaults to share the highlights of this fantastic collection via its new museum.
These days, everyone knows about Jan Van Eyck and Rogier van der Weyden, but the miniature artists, responsible for producing illuminated manuscripts, are every bit as impressive. So much so that some say that the finest Flemish Primitive paintings can perhaps be found in manuscripts.
It is these original manuscripts that are at the heart of the new museum.
The Palace of Charles of Lorraine hosts KBR’s temporary exhibitions.. Did you know that in 1839 the Royal Library of Belgium was housed in the Palace of Charles of Lorraine?
An impressive staircase, adorned with a statue of Hercules sculpted by Laurent Delvaux, leads up to the first-floor rotunda. The rotunda’s paving includes a central rosette made up of 28 types of Belgian marble, a sample of the Prince’s collection of 5,000 minerals.
This wonderful floor art leads to five rooms decorated with stuccos and silk, where the governor would entertain his guests and take care of state affairs.
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Agenda: conferences, symposia and Exhibitions
In 2017 the Institute underwent a peer review. A summary of the evaluation can be found in the ‘Management Summary‘.