Reading rooms are open

From Tuesday 25 May you are welcome from Monday to Friday in the reading rooms during our opening hours. Due to the corona measures, only a limited number of visitors can be admitted at a time. The maximum capacity is currently 60 visitors. The reading rooms are only open for collection use. Study places are therefore not available at the moment! You are strongly advised to reserve a workplace (only Dutch). Do you want to visit the KB without a reservation and there is no place at the moment? A waiting area has been set up in front of the entrance to the reading room to take a seat if desired until workplaces are available again. If you only come by to collect or return books, you do not need to reserve a workplace. In that case, you can just drop by during opening hours.

Request material

Collection material can be requested via the KB catalog. We ask you to prepare your visit well.

Hygiene measures

Before handling collection material, we ask you to wash your hands with soap. This is for your and our safety. The use of hand gel is not allowed when using the collection, as it is harmful to the material. We expect visitors to comply with the general guidelines of RIVM and we will monitor this. If you experience cold-like symtoms, you stay at home. We ask yoy to wear mouth masks and keep 1,5 meter distance. The workplaces that are available are clearly indicated and carefully cleaned. Cleaning wipes are available to clean keyboards in between. Use of toilets in the reading rooms is possible.

Returning publications

Do you still have books at home that you wish to return? You can temporarily not return borrowed material at the lending desk, but only at the return point at the entrance to the reading room. Delivered books will be handled by our employees with protective gloves and quarantined before being returned to the stacks. It is therefore possible that a book cannot be requested again temporarily.


You are welcome again at our reception desk to collect a membership card or to arrange other matters regarding your membership. You can only pay with pin. The work stations and copying and scan devices are again available to be used to a limited extent. Catering is not offered at this moment.

Alternative services

Would you rather not come by yet, but do you need material for your research? You can order scans from the KB collection and from other libraries with us. Our image studio also supplies Ordering high resolution reproductions from the KB collection. It is also possible to order books via Borrowing from other libraries. By the way, did you know that you can also get a lendable book from the KB collection sent to your home by paying postage? You can contact us for this. Of course you need a paid KB membership for this service.

Keep an eye on our website for news about further broadening of the service.