Practical information

Do you intend to visit our library to consult a publication or visit our stunning Nottebohm Room? Below you can find all the practical information you need, from the opening hours to information for wheelchair users and accessibility.

We have the responsibility to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. That’s why all our planned activities, readings and guided tours will be cancelled. Visitors that bought a ticket, will be informed personally. We will contact you with more details as soon as possible.

The reading room will remain open. We will ensure that you can visit the reading room safely, taking the current corona measures into account.

Opening hours of the Reading Room

  • Monday: 09.00 – 13.00 hrs & 13.30 - 18.00 hrs
  • Tuesday: 09.00 – 13.00 hrs & 13.30 - 18.00 hrs
  • Wednesday: 09.00 – 13.00 hrs & 13.30 - 17.00 hrs & 17.00 - 20.00 hrs. Would you like to continue working in the reading room after 17.00 hours? Then don't forget to book an evening shift!
  • Thursday: 09.00 – 13.00 hrs & 13.30 - 18.00 hrs
  • Friday: 09.00 – 13.00 hrs & 13.30 - 17.00 hrs
  • Saturday: 09.00 – 13.00 hrs
  • The reading room closes between 1 pm and 1.30 pm

    Closing days

    Register for the Reading Room

    Once you have registered, you can visit our Reading Room and order and consult publications. You can register online or at the reception. Before your visit to the reading room, please reserve a seat and consult this page with all the measures taken for your safety.

    Visit the Nottebohm Room

    The doors to the Nottebohm Room only swing open during public activities. Please check our calendar for an updated list of all the lectures, exhibitions, concerts and other events.

    Guided tours behind the scenes of the library are also organised at fixed times.

    Due to coronameasures, guided tours cannot take place.

    Getting there

    The Hendrik Conscience Heritage Library is located in the historical city centre of Antwerp. The entrance to the Reading Room is in Korte Nieuwstraat. The entrance to the Nottebohm Room is at 4, Hendrik Conscienceplein.

    You can easily reach either of these locations on foot, by bike or by public transport.

    Are you travelling to Antwerp by car? Then remember that the entire city centre of Antwerp and Linkeroever/Left Bank are a low emission zone. Vehicles that emit too much soot and particulate matter may not enter the low emission zone.
    Check before coming to Antwerp whether your vehicle complies with the conditions for entry with this test

    Compulsory registration: All vehicles with a foreign number plate (except Dutch number plates) that comply with the conditions for entry must be registered once-only. Registration is free and can be done up to 24 hours after entering the zone. Register your car here

    You can find further information about the low emission zone in Antwerp at

    Wheelchair access

    The Reading Room and the Nottebohm Room are fully accessible for wheelchair users.

    • By public transport:
      Tram 3, 5, 9 and 15 (Meir or Groenplaats stops)
      Tram 4, 12 (Groenplaats stop)
      Tram 7 (Keizerstraat stop)
      Tram 11, 24 (Korte Nieuwstraat stop)
      Bus 22, 180, 181, 182, 183 (Groenplaats stop)
      Check the route planners of De Lijn and the SNCB/NMBS.
    • By bike:
      Park your bike in the covered bike storage in Korte Nieuwstraat, or use one of the Velo city bikes at Velo stations 057 (Wolstraat) or 056 (Minderbroedersrui).
    • By car:
      Park your car in the underground car park at Groenplaats.