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Reading Room

Coronavirus Update

The reading room is closed until further notice. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need to consult sources for research.

Our Reading Room

You can consult inventories and descriptions in our online catalogue in order to prepare for your visit to our reading room. If you want to consult documents, please contact us in advance, so we can make sure the documents you require will be available to you. This saves you time and ensures your visit goes smoothly. The reading room attendant will help you identify material pertinent to your research and answer any questions you might have.

Our reading room is accessible to wheelchair users. There is a wheelchair ramp to the building and a lift inside. To ensure a smooth passage for visitors with disabilities, there are no carpets, glass doors, partitions and/or cork boards in our reading room. Our dynamic reading room is equipped with movable tables, so every visitor can choose which setup is most comfortable for him or her.

Our reading room is a quiet space. For blind and visually impaired visitors texts can be read out loud.

Service dogs are allowed in the reading room.

Opening hours

The reading room is open to the public, every workday from 8h30 until 11h45 and again from 13h00 until 17h00. Closure dates are announced in advance on our website.


You can find the CAVA reading room on the Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering Campus of the VUB. It can be reached both by public transportation and by car.

Rules and Regulations

The reading room rules ensure the documents can be consulted in a sustainable way. Reproduction of fragile or copyrighted materials is restricted.