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How to get a library card at the National Library of Luxembourg

In this guide, we will tell you about the largest library in Luxembourg, the Bibliothèque nationale du Luxembourg, or BnL: who can become a member, how to get a library card offline and online and how to renew it, how to use the library without breaking the law, and how to behave when visiting the BnL.

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The National Library of Luxembourg (BnL) is the largest library in the country. In 2023, the BnL celebrated its 225th anniversary. The library collects all publications published in Luxembourg and all publications published in other countries of the world that are in any way related to the Grand Duchy.

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The Luxembourg National Library is located in the Kirchberg business district, not far from the city center. Anyone can enter the reading room - even without a library card - and borrow and read documents and books from the shelves. However, a valid library card is required to take full advantage of the BnL's services and collection, e.g. to take books home.

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There are several ways to get to the library, and you can choose the one that is most convenient for you: by bike, by public transportation, or by car.


To use the library, you must come during library hours. The Library's reading rooms and study areas vary in their hours of operation. However, the BnL is always closed on holidays and Sundays.

Reading room and Media center: working hours
DayWorking hours
MondayFrom 14:00 to 20:00
Tuesday - FridayFrom 10:00 to 20:00
SaturdayFrom 10:00 to 18:00

The Reading Room and Media Center are closed on Sundays and holidays.

Information desks and counters to take books home: working hours
DayWorking hours
Tuesday - FridayFrom 10:00 to 19:00
SaturdayFrom 10:00 to 18:00

The counters are closed Sunday, Monday and on holidays.

Rare book reading room: working hours
DayWorking hours
Tuesday - FridayFrom 10:00 to 18:00
SaturdayFrom 10:00 to 17:00

The Rare books reading room is closed on Sundays, Mondays and holidays.

It is not difficult to get a BnL library card if you meet the minimum eligibility requirements:

Only readers who are 14 years of age or older will be admitted
Only for residents of Luxembourg and neighboring regions

If you meet these two requirements, you can get a free BnL library card. With the card, you can check out books, including books from the closed book depository on request, and access all of the library's online resources and digitized materials.

You can apply for a library card in person at the front desk during regular business hours.

  1. Go to the BnL

    As a reminder, the National Library of Luxembourg is located at 37D Avenue John F. Kennedy, L-1855 Luxembourg. Remember to bring your passport (or other form of ID) and, just in case, proof of your home address, such as a utility bill, rental agreement, or other document that shows your local address. Also bring your residence permit, if you have one, as you'll need it to register (titre de sejour). If you are registering a child, you will need the child's titre de sejour to get a library card.

  2. Go to the front desk and ask for a form to join the library as a new reader

    The library staff will give you a form to fill out. Provide accurate information, including last name, first name, date of birth, home address, and e-mail address.

  3. Give the completed application form and your ID to the staff member at the front desk

    Documents will be reviewed and you may be asked to provide proof of your local address to make sure it matches your area of residence. If your address has changed, you must notify the library immediately.

  4. Learn the library's rules and policies regarding home and reading room borrowing

    This can be done by visiting the special section of the library's website before or during checkout. Sign any documents regarding the responsible use of library materials and equipment..

  5. Wait until registration is complete and you have access to

    Once submitted, library staff will process your request. This usually takes about 5-10 minutes and includes verifying the information provided and creating a library user account.

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A review by our reader Kitty C in the Luxtoday chat room

Just come with your passport, 5 minute registration.  Books are scanned when you pick them up and returned through the machine. You can borrow for one month and renew twice.

Inside there are halls with press, music rooms, videos. The books are mostly in French, but there are also books in English and other languages. 

Bibliothèque nationale du Luxembourg
Luxembourg National Library
Bibliothèque nationale du Luxembourg

You can get a library card at the BnL registration desk.

  • When a new user registers, the library creates a unique login for him/her, which allows access to the search portal This allows you to search the library catalog for the materials you need, request documents online, etc.
  • When registering with the library, users also provide their email address, which will later receive an email with a proposal to reset the password.

A BnL library card can be loaded with any amount of money. If the user wishes to cancel his or her membership of the Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg, the deposit can be refunded upon written request.

The library membership is valid for 2 years, after which it must be renewed, otherwise all the personal data of the user will be deleted in accordance with the security policy of the BNL.

There are two ways to renew your library card
In a few clicks on MyGuichet
At the counter of the BnL

If you've lost your card, you'll need to reactivate it. And unlike the initial registration, this is a paid service. You can get a new library card for 5 euros at the BnL desk.

A library card gives you access to the library's workspaces and allows you to use the book collection online and offline, in the reading room and at home. However, you must follow the BnL rules

Enter areas closed to the public
Bring pets into the library
Bring in skates, bicycles, skateboards, and other equipment
Disturb the quiet by talking loudly on the phone
Sneaking in and consuming food and drink
Use obscenities, profanity, or foul language
Being under the influence of alcohol
Disturb others by failing to maintain personal hygiene
Bring bulky or unwieldy items into the arena
Use carrel booths alone
Take red marked books home
Mark, tear, or crease pages
Eating and drinking in special areas
Use special lockers
Listening to audio books, working in groups and playing the piano
Borrowing books and studying in the reading room

The BnL reserves the right to terminate the membership and withdraw the library card of any visitor who violates the rules.

Rules for using BnL
BnL book rent rules

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How to register at the National Library of Luxembourg

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How to behave in a library in Luxembourg

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Authors: Maria, Kadriia
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