Our collections have been moved

Since 1 June 2017, the collections from the library of the FPS Foreign Affairs can only be consulted in the general reading room of the Contemporary Printed Books department of the Royal Library of Belgium. If you want to consult publications from these collections, please proceed as described below.

New location: Royal Library of Belgium

The Royal Library of Belgium is situated at a 5 minutes’ walk from the head office of Foreign Affairs and from the Brussels Central Station.

Address: Mont des Arts, 1000 Brussels
How to get there?  
 Access plan (PDF, 1000 KB)

Opening hours

The collections from the library of the FPS Foreign Affairs can be consulted in the Royal Library’s general reading room.

Monday to Friday: from 9 am to 7 pm
Saturday: from 9 am to 5 pm (not in July and August)


You may only visit the reading rooms if you have a reader’s card:

  • day card: EUR 5.00
  • annual card:  EUR 25.00
  • annual card for students and journalists:  EUR 15.00

How to consult publications?

You can search in different ways: 

1. Online

Search the publication via the online catalogue of Click on “Advanced search - Libraries” and select “Foreign Affairs”. Reserve your publications. You will receive a confirmation email.

Within 2 working days you can consult the publications in the general reading room on presentation of your confirmation email. You can reserve up to 5 publications at a time. They will be reserved for you for 6 working days.

TIP: Does the KBR have the publication in its own collection?

Some publications can also be found in the Royal Library’s collections. It is therefore well worth searching via the online KBR catalogue as well:

If you have found the publication in this catalogue:

  • reserve it online: the conditions are the same as on
  • submit your reservation in the general reading room: you can consult the publication the same day. You can reserve books from 9 am to 3.45 pm


2. Search via the card catalogue of the African Library

Most publications from the African Library cannot be found in the online catalogue as yet. You can search via the alphabetical card catalogue for this collection in the general reading room of the KBR.

Did you find the publication you were looking for?  Please complete an application form on which you mention AFR. Within 2 working days you can consult the publication. It will be reserved for you for 6 working days.

More questions?

Please contact the reading room via or 02 519 54 71.

For questions about reservations: or 02 519 54 73.