Loans and consultation

Loans and consultation

The National Library houses over 1.8 million physical items covering all fields of knowledge. Our resources are available for home loan, on-site consultation or online.

Loans

Home loans and access to digital resources are reserved for readers who are at least 14 years old and live in Luxembourg and neighbouring regions.

Loan terms and conditions

You can borrow up to 35 physical documents at a time for a period of 28 days. If the borrowed document is not reserved by another reader, you can extend your loan via a-z.lu or at the loan desk.

Documents located in the Reading Room

In the Reading Room you will find 200,000 documents covering all the main fields of knowledge. You can remove these documents from the shelves yourself, view them and borrow them.

Documents freely accessible in the Reading Room cannot be reserved online via a-z.lu.

On each floor of the Reading Room you will find several self-service loan machines. They allow you to register your home loan.

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Documents in our closed stacks

In addition to the documents available in the reading room, the National Library also has a large collection stored in closed stacks. These publications can be searched and reserved via the a-z.lu portal. You must be logged in before you can reserve your document.

Reservations are generally available within 2 hours after ordering. You will receive an email as soon as they are ready for collection at the loan desk during opening hours. Reservations are put aside for 7 days; after this period, they are returned to the closed stacks.

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Interlibrary loans

If the documents or media that you are looking for are available neither at the National Library nor at any other library in the bibnet.lu network, you can contact the “Interlibrary loans” service. Here you can get photocopies of journal articles or order books or theses from foreign libraries. Before placing an order for an interlibrary loan, please first check on a-z.lu that the document is not available at the BnL nor at any of the libraries from the national bibnet.lu network.

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On-site viewing

For conservation reasons, some documents are not available for home loan. However, they can be viewed on-site.

Documents located in the Reading Room

All documents in the reading room can be viewed on-site even without a library card. Some documents are not available for home loan. These are marked with a white label with a red band.

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Rare and precious documents

Rare and precious documents belonging to the BnL’s special collections are not available for home loan. However, they can be reserved via a-z.lu or by written request to the relevant department and then viewed in the Rare Books Reading Room on the 1st floor. A member of the BnL staff will guide you in the proper handling of these precious documents.

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Microforms

The National Library provides microform reader-reproducers for the reading and reproduction of microfilmed or microfiche newspapers and books. Simply reserve your microfilms via a-z.lu and collect them at the loan desk. For conservation reasons, newspapers available on microfilm can no longer be consulted in printed form. A BnL staff member can help you with this.

Returns

There are several options for returning documents. To return a book, you can drop it off at the loans desk.

Alternatively, you can return borrowed documents at one of our self-service loan/return machines. These are located on each floor of the reading room. Simply place the documents on the metal plate and press the "Return" button. Then place the documents on the trolley nearby or the return box next to the terminal. You don't need to put them on the shelf yourself.

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