Central Library

The collections here are associated with the following museum departments: European Decorative Art (sculpture, furniture, textiles and tapestries, graphic art, metalwork and the art of the gold- and silversmith, precision instruments, photography and film, glassware, ceramics, folklore, carriages and coaches, and arms and armour) and Non-European Civilizations (Prehistory to the Middle Ages).

The library also manages a number of special collections, including a large collection of auction catalogues, an extensive collection of plans, and the architectural studies of the artists Emile Puttaert and Camille Tulpinck.



The catalogues of the Central Library can be consulted via the ALEPH library system and are part of LIBIS-Net, Belgium’s largest library network.

Browse the RMAH catalogue!

A section of the library catalogue of the MIM is accessible via the portal site of the Federal libraries and is updated four times per year.



Persons wishing to access the libraries are required to register. Upon registration, they will receive a reader’s card which is valid until 30 September of the year following the date of registration and which gives access to all RMAH catalogues.

Students: €4
Others: €7.

Opening times
Tuesdays to Fridays: 9.30 a.m. to 12.00 noon and 1.15 p.m. to 4.00 p.m.
School holidays: 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 p.m.
Closed on official feast days and from 24 December to 3 January, inclusive, and from 14 to 21 April 2014.



Save those in the reading room, all works are kept under lock and key and can be consulted only on request and only on the spot; no works are lent out.

Copies are available solely in black-and-white and may be made only by the library staff.
A4: €0.12; A3: €O.24.



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