Park Inn by Radisson Leuven Hotel

Martelarenlaan 36 BE-3010 Leuven Belgium +32 (16) 61 66 00

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Leuven University Library

Looking for a relaxed atmosphere, beautiful views and the opportunity to learn more about the history of Leuven? Then make your way to Leuven University Library. Architecture and history lovers staying in the city should have the library on top of their to-see list.

A troubled past

Leuven University Library’s origins date back to the early 19th century when the State University was established. It is open to the general public and once inside you can see a miniature model of the library, as well as several installations informing you about the history of the building. The current Leuven University Library building was constructed in the 1920s after German forces set it on fire during in 1914. During World War II the building was once again burned and much of its contents destroyed. After having risen from the ashes twice, the Leuven University Library as it stands today is a landmark and icon in the city.

Beautiful views of the city

When you step inside these impressive halls you can enjoy the stunning Neo-Flemish Renaissance architecture and its impressive collection of books. The bell tower also contains a carillon, an instrument consisting of swinging bells. If you wish to see the carillon, this is only possible by prior arrangement. If you climb the metal stairs to the bell tower you will be treated to beautiful vistas of the city. The tower is open for visitors without prior arrangement seven days a week. Make sure to check the Library Tower opening hours before heading over.

If you’re looking to see the University Library for yourself, then a room at our Park Inn by Radisson Leuven Hotel is the perfect choice located a 15-minute walk away. As an architecture fan you are in for a treat in this vibrant city. After a visit to the library, you can stop by Town Hall, where ornately designed sculptures create an intricate façade. Make sure you don’t miss out on a walk through the Great Beguinage, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a ‘city within the city’.