Visite en salle de lecture CegeSoma

Reading Room


Readers still have to book a seat in the reading room prior to their visit. As from 15 June 2021 this can be done very easily via the calendar of the State Archives.

From now on, you will no longer have to write us emails or look for available spaces in the reading room. Our new system will show you directly which seats are available. Via the online calendar you can book your visit in a few clicks, after which you receive an automatic confirmation e-mail.
Attention: Document requests must still be filed via
our online catalogue PALLAS
Please consult the
special preventive measures against Coronavirus/COVID-19 to best prepare your visit.

A visit to our reading room enables you to consult and copy archives, books and documents from the Cegesoma-collections, under certain conditions (see our reading room regulation (under revision) - tariffs). We do not lend out pieces from our collection. Registration is mandatory but free of charge.

Opening days and hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9am. at 4.30 pm without interruption.

Closures planned for the reading room in 2021 :

Thursday, May 13: Ascension Day - Friday, May 14: no service - Wednesday, July 21th: National Holyday - Tuesday, November 2st: All Souls Day - Thursday, November 11th: Armistice Day - From Thursday 28 December 2021 to Friday 31 December 2021: Christmas - New Year.

To Consult our Collection:

Maximum number of documents that can be reserved: 20 'units'.

Duration of this reservation in the  reading room : 2 weeks (see point 9 of the Reading Room Regulation) (regulation under revision).

Collection location and availability:

o Square de l’Aviation/Luchtvaartsquare Depot: Books, theses, manuscripts and most of our archives. Requests can be made daily at 9.30, 10.15, 11.15, 13.30, 14.30 and 15.30.

o Belgrade depot: Periodicals, press clippings, audio-visual archives, and some archives. Weekly requests : online reservation required before Monday 8am. The documents are available in the reading room of Aviation Square as of Tuesday 9:00 am (except when you receive an e-mail from us telling you otherwise).

In the reading room, you will also find a space dedicated to our digital collections.

  • If you expect to need help during your visit in our reading room, do not hesitate to prepare your visit a few days in advance by sending an e-mail with the subject of your research, your question and the day you expect to come. A researcher will be glad to help.

  • Do you have any practical questions about the reading room? Click here.