Rare Books Reading Room

Rare Books Reading Room

The Dr Jean-Claude Loutsch Rare Books Reading Room is located on the 1st floor of the Reading Room and is easily recognised by its striking red decor. This room is reserved for users who want to view precious, fragile or rare documents or documents from special collections. You will find a selection of reference works to help you with your specific research.

Dr Jean-Claude Loutsch

The Rare Books Reading Room was named in honour of Dr. Jean-Claude Loutsch (1932-2002) following the exceptional donation of his specialised library by his wife Mrs. Josannette Loutsch-Weydert.

After studying medicine and specialising in ophthalmology in Paris, Jean-Claude Loutsch opened his practice in Luxembourg in 1964. At a very young age, he became interested in heraldry and was part of a circle of heralds being formed in Paris around Paul Adam-Even, who became an important mentor for the young researcher and herald painter.

Between 1980 and 2001, Jean-Claude Loutsch was president of the International Academy of Heraldry, of which he was a member from 1964. An assiduous and knowledgeable collector, he published the Armorial du pays de Luxembourg (1974) and contributed through numerous articles and conferences to research on heraldry.

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