The Reading Room offers different ways of using its resources, from comfortable armchairs to desks with computers. Over the three floors there are also eleven carrels (group study rooms), three soundproof booths and a Music Room.


The carrels, sound-proof booths and the Music Room must be booked in advance on

Depending on the size of the carrels, you can work in groups of two to six people. Some of the carrels are fitted with touchscreens to which you can connect your own laptop. At the back of the Media Centre three soundproof audio booths allow you to study multimedia documents undisturbed.

The Music Room on the 2nd floor of the Reading Room is reserved for people wishing to analyse or play documents from our Music Collection. For that purpose, it is equipped with an electric piano which should be played using headphones.

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need a library card to book a workspace?

Yes, you must be registered as a reader at the National Library. To access the website, you must log in with your library card number and password.

How much does it cost to book a workspace?

Booking a workspace is a free service provided by the National Library.

How many people can use a workspace at once?

The number of people who can use a workspace at any one time depends on its size.

Carrels 1.1, 1.2, 1.3 have a capacity of two people, while carrels 2.1 and 3.1 have a capacity of 6 people. The other carrels can accommodate a maximum of 4 people.

The Music Room and the audio booths must be used alone.

How do I cancel my booking?

Go to, log in and click on “My account” at the top right of the page. Your bookings are displayed. Click on the cross next to the booking you wish to cancel. Then confirm the cancellation.

Can I bring my child with me?

The National Library has a family room for parents with children. Please note that we do not offer childcare. The parents or accompanying adults are responsible for the behaviour, safety and supervision of their children while on the BnL premises. Management accepts no responsibility for any accidents.

The family room is strictly reserved for people accompanied by a child (max. 2 adults and their children under 12). A prior booking is not required.

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