Are you an avid or occasional reader living in Luxembourg? Are you looking for books to escape into your mother tongue, or to perfect your reading skills in a foreign language? We've put together a selection of multicultural libraries and cultural centers in Luxembourg. You'll find books and magazines in a wide range of languages.
Libraries in Luxembourg
BNL - National Library of Luxembourg
Founded in 1899, the Bibliothèque Nationale de Luxembourg is a public library open to all.
Who can visit the NL?
Anyone resident in the Grand Duchy or the Greater Region over the age of 14 can register with the BNL free of charge and borrow books. Borrowing books is very easy, via an automatic terminal. Books can be returned 24 hours a day, thanks to a reception system outside the building.
Students at higher education establishments accredited by the Luxembourg government can also borrow books.
An international lending service provides access to documents on the bibnet.lu network , linking 57 libraries across the country.
What books and publications can you find at the NL?
The NL makes available over 200,000 publications, as well as more than 20,000 media documents. Since its creation, the BNL has been the reference library for scientific works. It is also home to all publications on Luxembourg, in both print and digital formats.
A true cultural meeting place, the BNL also organizes conferences and exhibitions on a variety of subjects.
Where is the BNL located, which reading rooms?
The bright, spacious facilities are ideal for reading.
Visitors have access to numerous reading rooms with computers, scanners and printers, as well as a media library . Access to the precious reserves and other rare works is possible by prior appointment.
Free WiFi. Restaurant, café and outdoor terrace.
Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-8pm, Saturday, 10am-6pm.
Library on wheels: Bicherbus service
Since 1982, a weekly Bicherbus, or library on wheels, has been serving around 100 towns and villages in Luxembourg.
Cité-Bibliothèque de la Ville de Luxembourg
The Cité-Bibliothèque is the municipal library and media library of the City of Luxembourg. It is located on Rue Genistre in the Ville-Haute district.
Who can visit the Cité-Bibliothèque?
The Cité-bibliothèque is open to the public for reading, consulting books and media. Its aim is to promote culture and encourage reading among young and old alike.
Registration at the Cité Bibliothèque is free for all Luxembourg citizens and residents of neighbouring countries. All you need to do is show proof of identity. Registration entitles you to a free loan of 4 books, 2 sound recordings for 1 month, 2 DVDs for one week and 2 language methods for one month.
The Cité Bibliothèque spaces
The Cité Bibliothèque offers several sections, including :
- Luxembourg, French, German and English literature,
- children's section with books for children and teenagers, children's activities on Saturday mornings
- workroom with dictionaries and encyclopedias, twelve workstations with free Internet access and printer (limited duration of 1 hour/day).
- media library with DVDs, Blu-rays in Lëtzebuergesch, German, French and English, audio books, language methods. Films can be viewed on site.
Literary Tuesdays at the Cité Bibliothèque
Literary Tuesdays" feature readings and presentations by authors of their works. With pre-registration, visitors can meet and chat with their favorite writers.
Library of the 2 city museums
Since 1996, this library has been open by appointment only to researchers, students and museum staff.
The Bibliothèque des 2 Musées boasts a collection of 6,000 art and history books. The library also houses a collection of precious works, including the first book on the history of Luxembourg written by Jean Bertels, Historia de principibus Luxemurgensibus.
Books can be consulted via the a-z.lu computer network by prior appointment with the documentation department.
Address: 15, rue du Saint-Esprit L-1475 Luxembourg.
Music Conservatory Library
Created in 1906, the Conservatoire de musique library contains over 28,000 books.
These include books on theater, instruments and music history, as well as on music philosophy and therapy.
The library is located in Rue Charles Martel, Luxembourg.
Luxembourg's communes also have local libraries. These offer books for children and adults, and are available to residents.
Contact your local library for details.
Multilingual cultural centers in Luxembourg
CID Fraen an Gender for diversity and inclusion
CID Fraen an Gender specializes in diversity and inclusion in all its forms. The aim is to combat all forms of discrimination. You'll also find a number of anti-racism publications.
Located at 14 Rue Beck in Luxembourg, the CID offers a wide range of educational books on LGBTQ+ and feminist issues. These include works such as Simone de Beauvoir's Le Deuxième Sexe and Mona Chollet's Réinventer l'amour.
By prior appointment, it is possible to consult the historical works of the Women's Liberation Movement in Luxembourg.
CITIM Third World Training Center
Here you'll find books about the world, and in particular about countries or authors from the South, to help you better understand the world and its differences. CITIM is located on Rue Adolphe Fischer in Luxembourg's Gare district.
Luxembourg Center for Architecture
LUCA is located on Rue de la Tour Jacob in Luxembourg. It offers over 8,000 books on the built environment and architecture.
These include monographs by Le Corbusier, as well as works on the history of architecture and design. The Luxemburgensia section features studies of local architects.
Circulo culturale e recreativo Eugenio Curiel ASBL
At 107 Route d'Esch in Luxembourg, you'll find over 8,000 volumes, mainly in Italian, but also in Portuguese, Spanish and Luxembourgish. These books cover a wide range of subjects, including current affairs and politics.
Circulo Cultural Antonio Machado ASBL
The Circulo Cultural Espagnol Antonio Machado offers a wide range of activities to promote Spanish culture in Luxembourg. These include a book library and a media center featuring Spanish media.
The Centre culturel Antonio Machado is located at 72 Grand-Rue, 1660 Ville-Haute Luxembourg.
Find out more about the libraries of the various cultural centers and associations in Luxembourg on the community pages of the Just Arrived Ambassadors Club website.
Search, consult and reserve books online bibnet.lu
Several libraries in Luxembourg are affiliated to the bibnet.lu network, coordinated by the Bibliothèque Nationale du Luxembourg. You can search for, consult or reserve documents on the a-z.lu website.
You'll have access to the catalog of works held by the various libraries, cultural centers, schools and universities, private and public libraries belonging to this network.
Reading and cultural workshops for children
Introduce your children to literature and the pleasure of reading by taking them to libraries and reading workshops from an early age.
Children discovering the world at CITIM
Every first Saturday of the month, CITIM (Centre d'Information Tiers Monde) invites children to read a story about a Third World country and its inhabitants. Your children can discover the world as part of the "Children discovering the world" theme. Admission is free, but advance booking is recommended. The program is available a week in advance on the CITIM website.
Mother-tongue reading workshops with the "Il était une fois" association
Committed to promoting theintegration of foreigners in Luxembourg, the "Il était une fois " association enables immigrant children to maintain contact with their mother tongue. To this end, different cultures and languages are highlighted during the activities offered by the ASBL, notably during reading workshops. For further information, visit www.iletaitunefois.lu
"Raconte moi encore..." a fairy tale
Since 2007, "Raconte-moi encore..." has been offering story readings in Luxembourg. Sylvie Beythan-Oryd brings her characters to life, captivating her audience with musical instruments, dolls and puppets. The right décor adds even more magic. With games and crafts, she knows how to involve children in the illustration of her tales. The themes chosen are varied, seasonal or adapted to a particular world. For more information, visit www.racontemoi.lu.
You can also join the Cité-Bibliothèque municipale de Luxembourg's reading workshop on Saturday mornings from 10:30 to 11:30.
Reading festivals and events
This summer activity features an open-air library on Rue Notre-Dame next to the cathedral. It's a great opportunity to take part in open-air readings or to read in a relaxed atmosphere.
International Comics Festival in Contern
Every July, the village of Contern plays host to the International Comics Festival. Comic book fans can find the comic book they're missing in their collection at the many retailer stands. They can also meet comics authors from Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the UK and Germany for a signing of their latest album.
Families can move around the village in complete tranquillity and enjoy the on-site catering and entertainment.
Used books, read eco-responsibly and recycle your books
Book cabinets or "Bicherschaf
The book cabinets are accessible to all, adults and children alike, 7 days a week, 24 hours a day, free of charge and without registration. These book boxes are becoming increasingly widespread in Luxembourg. Some communes are recycling old telephone booths into self-service book depots.
Interested parties can borrow one or more books and read them on the spot or at home. The aim is to return them to the cupboard after reading. Readers can also keep their chosen books and replace them with others.
You'll find these book cabinets in many communes, including Luxembourg :
- Place de Gand - Luxembourg-Belair
- Place du Théâtre - Luxembourg-Centre
- Place Laurent - Luxembourg-Limpertsberg
- PLace Quartier Stuff - Luxembourg Kirchberg
- Rue Léon Kauffman - Luxembourg Cents
Waste disposal centers also offer recycling corners, where people can drop off their unwanted items and leave them for other residents to use. These include books for adults and children, toys, etc. Everyone can help themselves.
Don't hesitate to drop off any books you don't read any more - school books, novels, ...