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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).

Lending Service

The lending service has been temporarily moved to Karel Oomsstraat 47A, 2018 Antwerp (next to Albert Heijn), a brisk walk of 350 meters from our campus. 

When the doors are closed, ring the bell. If your call is not answered you can call the reception of the library on the number +32 3 244 18 19. You will find the library on the second floor when following the stairs. 

Open on weekdays from 10.00 to 12.30 and from 13.00 to 16.00, except on Wednesday afternoons.

You'll find scores and books about music, dance, theater and literature and have access to catalogs and databases.

Reading Room Arts Campus

(follow zone Beel laag)

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.

Reading Room Precosia

(fourth floor - follow zone Toren)

Only open after appointment.

Consulting preciosa.


The warehouse has een moved to a depot in Schelle, but we do everything we can to make your requests as smooth as possible. Please request work from the warehouse in time so that we can help you as quickly as possible. You will be notified when the work in the reading room is ready for you.

Works from the warehouse can be requested from the catalog (click on 'document request') or send an e-mail to

Library guide and rules

Consult the library manual here.


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
Nicole Verbruggen
Annemie Verheyen
Myriam Voet
Katrijn Vervloet

Heritage co-workers
Lien Alaerts
Hannah Aelvoet
Kim De Brabander

Project co-workers
Eline Jans

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