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Reading Room


Our reading rooms reopen on Tuesday 5 January 2021 and can be freely accessed upon appointment and under strit observance of the safety measures in force.
Reservation of workspace in the reading room must be made by e-mail to the State Archives in question at least 2 workdays before the visit. You can find the contact details of our repositories
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A visit to our reading room enables you to consult and copy archives, books and documents from the Cegesoma-collections, under certain conditions (see our reading room regulation (under revision) - tariffs). We do not lend out pieces from our collection. Registration is mandatory but free of charge.

Opening days and hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9am. at 4.30 pm without interruption.

Closures planned for the reading room in 2021 :

Thursday, May 13: Ascension Day - Friday, May 14: no service - Wednesday, July 21th: National Holyday - Tuesday, November 2st: All Souls Day - Thursday, November 11th: Armistice Day - From Thursday 28 December 2021 to Friday 31 December 2021: Christmas - New Year.

To Consult our Collection:

Maximum number of documents that can be reserved: 20 'units'.

Duration of this reservation in the  reading room : 2 weeks (see point 9 of the Reading Room Regulation) (regulation under revision).

Collection location and availability:

o Square de l’Aviation/Luchtvaartsquare Depot: Books, theses, manuscripts and most of our archives. Requests can be made daily at 9.30, 10.15, 11.15, 13.30, 14.30 and 15.30.

o Belgrade depot: Periodicals, press clippings, audio-visual archives, and some archives. Weekly requests : online reservation required before Monday 8am. The documents are available in the reading room of Aviation Square as of Tuesday 9:00 am (except when you receive an e-mail from us telling you otherwise).

In the reading room, you will also find a space dedicated to our digital collections.

  • If you expect to need help during your visit in our reading room, do not hesitate to prepare your visit a few days in advance by sending an e-mail with the subject of your research, your question and the day you expect to come. A researcher will be glad to help.

  • Do you have any practical questions about the reading room? Click here.