Practical information on the Photo library

Over one million negatives on Belgium's cultural heritage are available in our reading room. 700 000 of these are available online through BALaT. Large part of these can be downloaded free of charge.



You can help us to improve the photo library: for any suggestion concerning the information on an object, or if you should notice a problem concerning one of the pictures (for example a reversed photograph), we invite you to send an email to, mentioning either the object number or the negative number. Thank you for your contribution to improving our database. 



Over one million b/w and color negatives. The earliest documents date from the end of the 19th century


Belgium's cultural heritage (fine arts, architecture, archaeology) and photos about the country's folklore, traditions and historical events


Consultation of the photographic documents in the reading room, research via index card catalogue and BALaT, possibility to make photocopies (photocopy cards are on sale at the reception desk; you can pay with cash or bank card), reproduction of photos on paper or CD-Rom.