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Library Royal Conservatoire Antwerp

In 2010, the Antwerp Conservatoire Library was the first in Flanders to receive the prestigious Certified Heritage Library label. Today our library is still the only one in Flanders that has been awarded this label. The extensive collection comprises approximately 650,000 volumes and items. It goes without saying that the three training programmes are well represented in the collection.

Among the most valuable items from the collection are an Antiphonarium from the late 13th century, the Dodecachordon from Glareanus and the Beiaardboek from Ioannes de Gruytter (1746). The many tens of thousands of music manuscripts form an important collection.
The library’s historical collection of theatre pieces is also extremely valuable. For instance, it houses more than 200 Dutch-language plays from the eighteenth century, seventy from the seventeenth century (including a unique Antwerp printing from 1640) and one from the sixteenth century, namely, the rare collection from the prestigious Landjuweel van Antwerpen from 1561. This extensive collection continues to grow every day through numerous gifts (from individuals or institutions) and acquisitions (from bookstores or auctions).

The Arts Campus Reading Room is the result of an innovative joint venture by Antwerp's Royal Conservatoire (AP Hogeschool), deSingel and the Flemish Architecture Institute. Education and culture meet here in a special combination of collections that reflect the artistic disciplines on the campus. The reading room is intended to be a stimulating knowledge environment, a centre for information and documentation, for music, drama, dance and architecture, where both the (prospective) professional and the interested amateur will find something to suit them. A place for study and education, research and encounter, creative self-development and calm contemplation.
In the reading room there is an events display where information is available on the public activities organised by the Conservatoire, deSingel and the Flemish Architecture Institute. The ticket shop sells publications (books, DVDs, CDs etc.) related to these public activities.
The reading room is open every weekday from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 13.30 to 16.00. The lending service is open from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 13.00 to 16.00, except on Wednesday afternoons.

On the fourth floor:

  • the reading room
  • the reference library (encyclopedias, reference works, dictionaries, catalogues etc)
  • periodicals
  • New Grove online and electronic databases 
  • composers’ collected editions
  • equipment for listening to CDs and LPs
  • These catalogues and works can be consulted on the premises.
  • You can only apply for a membership card on this floor.
  • Computer: online subscriptions, internet, E-mail and a library catalogue

On the fifth floor:

  • lending service
  • scores and books
  • classified catalogue of scores 
  • computerized library catalogue

Most works can be borrowed.

On the sixth floor

  • storeroom
  • theoretical works and literary works, may be borrowed if requested one day in advance
  • manuscripts, periodicals and old prints, may be consulted if requested one day in advance.

Consult online catalogue


Jan Dewilde
+ 32 3 244 18 20

Lending service
+ 32 3 244 18 19

Reading room
+ 32 3 800 01 70

Library co-workers

Carla Belis
Kim De Brabander
Charlotte Tournicourt
Nicole Verbruggen
Annemie Verheyen
Myriam Voet

Heritage co-workers

Lien Alaerts
Hannah Aelvoet

Kim De Brabander

Project co-workers

Eline Jans

Christine Dysers

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