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The library of the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) is devoted to art history and Belgian material heritage. It also contains information on conservation-restoration and chemical, physical and material-technical research into works of art. Art historians, heritage professionals, researchers or enthusiasts, everyone is welcome!

What makes the library so unique?

  • More than 60,000 monographs, exhibition and auction catalogues, and other documents; over 2,500 periodicals.
  • Freely consultable.
  • Constantly growing thanks to acquisitions, donations and exchange publications with partner institutes in Belgium and abroad.
  • A special focus on Belgian art history, heritage science and conservation-restoration.
  • More than 6,000 works and documents on the Flemish Primitives. You can consult them by appointment in the reading room of the Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives.

Available in the reading room

Do you have any questions or want more information? Please contact us!

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Eduardo Lamas
Head of the library

Our experts

Marjolijn Bijloos
Roxane Leemans

Practical information

You are welcome to use the library reading room:

  • on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday WITHOUT appointment, from 9.30 am to 12.30 pm and from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm
  • on Mondays and Wednesdays by appointment only (

For any exceptional changes in the opening hours, please consult our Twitter page.

Contact and search assistance

Phone: +32 (0)2 739 67 54


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Rules for visitors of the Information Centre

Check the Information Centre's rules and regulations.

Are you looking for specific information about the Flemish Primitives?

Visit our Centre for the Study of the Flemish Primitives! By appointment only (by e-mail to

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