Reading room

In our reading room you can consult numerous authentic documents. You will find a precious archive of printed works, manuscripts and drawings.
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The reading room is located in Heilige Geeststraat 6, just around the corner of the main entrance of the museum.
You can consult old and modern books, manuscripts, archive documents, prints and drawings in the reading room. 
WIFI is provided.


Heilige Geeststraat 6

tel. + 32 3 221 14 56
fax + 32 3 221 14 83 

Opening hours

As a museum, we have the responsibility to prevent the spread of the coronavirus COVID-19. That’s why the museum will close until the 19th of April 2020. All our planned activities will be cancelled until then. Visitors that bought a ticket, will be informed personally. We will contact you with more details as soon as possible.

The reading room is open Monday to Friday from 9.30 am to 4.30 pm.
We recommend all registered Readers request items in advance of their visit. Please, inform us if your visit will be delayed via 

The reading room is closed on Saturdays and Sundays

How to use the reading room?


Registration for the reading room of the Museum Plantin-Moretus is free of charge. On your first visit, report to the desk with your proof of identity. After registration you'll receive a Reader Pass. On each subsequent visit, you will need to show your Reader Pass and fill in the attendance register. You can also register online via the catalogue web page by clicking on the ‘borrower data' and ‘personal details' buttons or registrate online. Once you have received a reader number by email, you can request works online.

How to request books, archives, drawings and prints? 

Documents can be requested via the online catalogue. When you have found the right entry in the catalogue, click on ‘bestel’ (‘order’) and log in with your reader’s data. 

To request Archive documents, search by 'title' or 'a word from the title' as shown in Jan Denucé’s inventory (Inventaris op het Plantijnsch archief, Antwerp, 1926), or search by location code and the number of the archive document, e.g. MPM: Arch. #.

For documents that cannot be requested online, there will be a library slip available in the the reading room. After filling in the form for each requested document and by giving your Reader Pass number, the reading room staff will fetch the work.

You can let us know about your visit by sending an email to

A few houserules

Coats, book and computer bags, backpacks, umbrellas can be safely stored in the cloakroom lockers behind the reception desk. The Museum  Plantin-Moretus is not responsible for any loss of or damage to personal property. If you are bringing your own books or prints into the reading room, you need to inform the reading room staff on arrival. 

  • Eating, drinking and smoking are prohibited in the museum and reading room.
  • Readers are entitled to expect silence in the reading room. Please move around quietly, refrain from talking loudly and switch off mobile phones.
  • Only pencils are allowed when you are reading old books or documents.
  • When searching for items, as well as in emergency situations, you must follow the instructions of the museum and reading room staff at all times.
  • Requests for items may be made from opening time (9.30 am) until half an hour before closing time (4 pm).
  • You can request up to five books and ten prints at a time. The reading room staff will determine how many items you can consult simultaneously.
  • Items are kept in the reading room for up to two weeks.
  • The reading room staff may refuse readers permission to consult works in the reading room that are in poor condition. If you wish to consult such items, you should send a written request to the management, stating your reasons. Works that are temporarily on loan or under restoration are also unavailable for consultation in the reading room.
  • The library does not lend items. Interlibrary loans are not possible.

Photocopies, photograpy and reproductions

You may ask the reading room staff to make photocopies of books. In view of the vulnerability of old bindings, photocopies from books before 1800 are not permitted. Drawings and prints are never photocopied. Request for photocopies of books after 1800 may sometimes be refused on the grounds of their state of preservation. Photocopies may be requested up to half an hour before closing time (4 pm). It is also possible to have photocopies sent to you digitally. The photocopying charge is 0.12 euros per sheet.

You can photograph items with your own camera for study purposes. These images may not be published. The use of flashlights or tripods is not permitted.
Permission must be requested for the reproduction of images.

Requests for images

Requests should be addressed to:

Nico De Brabander
Museum Plantin-Moretus/Print Room
Vrijdagmarkt 22
2000 Antwerp or

Please indicate clearly in your request:

  • the work (author, title, catalogue number)
  • the purpose for which the photograph and/or publication is intended
  • the form in which you want the image to be provided (digital (tif/jpeg) Ektachrome, black & white or colour print).

The price depends on whether a photographer will be needed, on the type of image and the purpose of the publication. Images will only be delivered on receipt of payment. You should allow for a delivery time of about three weeks, to cover the processing of the request, the creation of the image and the sending.

Who 's who?

Reference Specialists
Nico De Brabander
tel. + 32 3 221 14 56

Jan De Bruyn
tel. + 32 3 221 14 63

Coordination Reading Room
Marc Cauwenbergh
tel. + 32 3 221 14 93

Curator Books and Archives
Dirk Imhof
+ 32 3 221 14 69

Curator Prints and Drawings
Marijke Hellemans
tel. + 32 3 221 14 59



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