The National Library of Luxembourg (BnL) has informed its users that from Tuesday 2 July 2019, a significant part of the non-Luxembourg collections will be available again for home loan and on-site consultation.
Due to the relocation of the BnL, non-Luxembourgish collections were expected to be unavailable to the public from mid-March to early-August 2019. However, users will now be able to reserve up to five documents from these collections at a time, from tomorrow onwards.
Reservations can be made via the search engine a-z.lu. The BnL teams carry out collections in the new building in Kirchberg every Friday before sending the reserved documents to the loan desk in the historic building on Boulevard Roosevelt, next to Notre-Dame Cathedral. Users can then retrieve their documents during the following opening hours: Tuesdays from 15:00 to 19:00, Wednesdays from 10:00 to 14:00 and Thursdays from 15:00 to 19:00. The last time for pre-holiday reservations is Thursday before midnight.
Regarding the relocation of the BnL, the relocation of documentary funds is progressing at a good pace. All the non-Luxembourg collections are now stored at the new BnL, which can proceed with the release of a large part of these funds. Only books stored in the new reading room are unavailable. The media library will move on 18 July and its collections will be inaccessible from 12 July 2019. Similarly, the relocation of heritage collections began in early June and as such, the Luxembourg collection is currently inaccessible.
The new BnL will open to the public from 1 October 2019. An open day, with a programme of specific events, will take place on Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 October 2019. The detailed programme will be revealed at a later date.