Ruusbroec Institute Library

The Ruusbroec Institute Library is a modern and up to date research library with its own fully equipped reading room. It houses a large collection of books and journals on the history of religious culture, spirituality and mysticism in the Low Countries. 

The Library is member of the Flemish Heritage Library (Vlaamse Erfgoedbibliotheek) preserving a considerable number of manuscripts and manuscript fragments, incunabula and post-incunabula, early printed books and nineteenth and early twentieth century sources. The estimated 40,000 devotional prints in our collection deserve a special mention, many of which are seventeenth and eighteenth century prints from Antwerp.

Our large collection of spiritual treatises, sermon books, Bibles, books of prayer, books of Marian devotion, moralising literature, hagiographical books, miracle books, religious emblems, religious drama, and devotional prints offers a rich resource for further research.

Descriptions of all printed books can be found in the University Library catalogue.

The devotional prints and manuscripts can be found via this website:

Brochure 'The Ruusbroec Institute Library'

The Ruusbroec Institute celebrated its ninetieth anniversary in 2015. For this special occasion a brochure with highlights from the special collections from the Ruusbroec Institute Library was published (pdf - 3 Mb).