Practical information



Opening of the reading room

The reading room of the Archives is open to researchers from 8.30 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

Please note that Thursday 11, Friday 12 and Monday 15 November are public holidays in the federal institutions and that the reading room will therefore be closed on these three days.

Access to the archive reading room is by appointment only and subject to strict compliance with security measures.

To reserve one of the twelve places available, you must send an e-mail at least two working days before the desired date. Access is only authorised after confirmation of the appointment by e-mail.

When making an appointment by e-mail, the reader also requests a maximum of 5 files, which will be available at the time of the visit to the reading room. To this end, inventories can be sent to researchers by e-mail on request.

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

Special precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19

It is compulsory to wear a mask in the buildings of the FPS Foreign Affairs.

Coats, bags and personal belongings that cannot be taken into the reading room can be stored in the lockers of the cloakroom.

The areas reserved for the public have been adapted (delimitations, floor markings, limited number of seats, etc.). Please respect these indications.

Readers may not consume food or drink in the building.

Readers are requested to wash their hands before entering the reading room or to use the hydroalcoholic gel provided in the reading room.

Inventories and other finding aids, microfilms, books or journals which are normally available in open access must also be requested via the Archive staff.

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

Before and after each use, the reader cleans his/her hands with the hydroalcoholic gel provided.

Readers who use the computer keyboards in the reading room or the microfilm reading devices must clean their hands with the hydroalcoholic gel before and after each use.

If a visitor refuses to comply with the sanitary safety measures, he/she may be refused access to the reading room.


Rue de Petits Carmes, 15
B-1000 Brussels

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

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