Are you coming to the National Library for the very first time? Here you'll find some tips and tricks to make your visit as smooth as can be!
The National Library is located at 37D avenue John F. Kennedy in Luxembourg-Kirchberg and is easily accessible by public transport or bike. There is also an underground car park.
Anyone can enter the Reading Room - even without a library card! However, don't forget to look up our opening times before coming.
Good manners in the Reading Room
The National Library is the ideal place to work and study quietly. Let us be respectful of each other and limit the noise we make.
As the National Library is an archive library, it is important to protect its holdings. For this reason, bags, coats and bulky items are not allowed in the Reading Room. Free lockers are available in the foyer.
The consumption of food and drink (including water) is also prohibited in the Reading Room. You may ask why? Accidents happen and can cause irreparable damage to a document. Like most national libraries in other countries, we have decided to avoid this risk once and for all.
Borrowing and viewing
Access to the National Library is freely available to anyone who is interested. In the Reading Room, you can remove documents from the shelves yourself and view them even without a library card.
However, the majority of our documents are stored in the Closed Stacks and can only be viewed by registered users. Similarly, only registered users who are resident in Luxembourg or its border regions can borrow books and media.
Signing up for a library card is free of charge for anyone over the age of 14 who would like to join.
The National Library is home to a total of 1.8 million physical documents in numerous different collections. The online search engine a-z.lu can be used to search all the BnL’s physical and digital resources.
The search engine offers numerous search and filtering functions. It shows you not only a list of results but also the bibliographical information, the table of contents or the book’s cover. The filtering options enable you to specify more precise results or restrict your search according to different criteria. A link allows you to go from a-z.lu to the digital documents themselves. Numerous other functions such as creating and managing a Favourites list, help with citations and notifications about a search query make it even easier to use a-z.lu.