Practical information

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Opening of the reading room

The archive reading room is open to researchers from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. without interruption from Monday to Friday.

Access to the archive reading room is by appointment only.

To reserve one of the available places, please send an e-mail at least two working days before the desired date.

Access is only granted after confirmation of the appointment by e-mail.

Reservations can only be made via the following e-mail address:

Reading room rules

It is no longer compulsory to wear a mask in the FPS Foreign Affairs buildings. Hydroalcoholic gel is available for researchers.

Please leave your coats, bags and personal belongings in the lockers in the cloakroom and bring only your computer and/or notes to the reading room

Please write your name and first name on the date of your visit in the diary at the entrance to the reading room and inform one of the staff members present in the reading room of your presence before sitting down in one of the available seats

The inventories of the African and diplomatic archives are freely accessible on the 2 computers in the reading room.

You are authorized to reproduce archive documents by means of photographs and/or scans made by you using your own reproduction equipment (cameras, mobile phones and scanners, etc.)

Inventories and other finding aids in paper form, microfilms, books or journals must be requested via the archive staff.

After use, the reader must return these instruments to the same staff.


Karmelietenstraat / Rue de Petits Carmes 15
B-1000 Brussels

Phone: (+32-2) 501 81.11 (general number)  
Fax: (+32-2) 501.38.57