The Royal Library is one of the most prestigious institutions in Belgium. It has its origins in the fifteenth century, in a unique collection of illuminated manuscripts amassed by Philip the Good, The Duke of Burgundy from 01419 to 01467. Philip the Good’s collection consisted of approximately 900 volumes at the time of his death. Nearly hundred years later, in 01559, Philip II of Spain granted the collection the title ‘Royal Library of Belgium’. It was opened to the public in 01839. Few years later, the old collections of the City of Brussels were acquired by the new Royal Library. The construction of the new library building was finished in 01969. Its collections now host over 6 million volumes and 150 kilometers of shelves spread over to 17 floors.
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