University Library & Tower

If you want to learn more about the university library’s turbulent history and its impact on the city, you have to climb the five floors of the library tower. A photo exhibition takes you to five significant periods in the library’s history.

After the fifth floor, you reach the balcony where you can enjoy a unique panoramic view of the city.

Library carillon

Everybody knows the sound of the Liberty Bell, the bass bell that weighs seven metric tons and sounds the hour every day. But there are also 63 other bells. Discover the carillon concerts, tower visits and more.

Discover the Library carillon


Download the Heritage App and discover the well and less known aspects of the building.

Visit the library in 360°

Practical info

Individual visitors:

  • weekdays
    • Tower + library with audiotour: 09:00-17:00 (last climb at 16:00
    • Library with audiotour: 10:00-19:00
  • Weekend & holidays (05.09)
    • Tower + library with audiotour: 10:00-17:00 (last climb at 16:00)
    • 24 december &31 december: 10:00 – 14:00 (last climb at 13:00)
    • Closed on 25 december & january 1st
  • More information: KU Leuven



Accessibility of the tower:

  • A maximum of 25 people may climb the tower at the same time
  • Wheelchair users can consult the texts and images of the exhibition at the reception
  • There is no lift
  • The audiotour is available in sign language.

Address: Mgr. Ladeuzeplein 21, 3000 Leuven
T +32 (0)16 32 46 60

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