The Boekentoren is back (and you can visit it)!

© UGent - Jonas Vandecasteele (large view)

© UGent - Jonas Vandecasteele

(17-08-2021) After a nine-year-long renovation, the Boekentoren (Book Tower) is reopening. Home to Ghent University’s library, the building is the biggest heritage library in all of Flanders. You can now visit the tower on a guided tour or virtual tour.

Architect Henry van de Velde designed the 64-metre high Boekentoren in the 1930s. It has been a permanent fixture of the skyline of Ghent ever since. The monument, which is owned by Ghent University, has been undergoing thorough renovation since 2012. Now, nine years on, the Boekentoren is ready for use again: thirty kilometres of bookshelves are waiting to re-embrace more than three million books and journals.

Following the renovation of the exterior and roof, the tower’s interior and reading rooms are now finished. Some work remains to be done on the side wings, but the Boekentoren is all set to face the future. The university library is far more than just a repository of knowledge. Head librarian Dries Moreels is looking forward to seeing students return: “We want the Boekentoren to become a meeting place once again, a place where memories are made.

Wanted: tales as tall as the tower

We are looking for tall tales and Boekentoren memories. Do you have a story you would like to share? An unforgettable moment you experienced in the Boekentoren? Did anything funny happen in the tower? Or perhaps you met the love of your life within its walls? Let us know! We have something in mind for the most remarkable tales.

Mail your story about the Boekentoren to

Free guided tours

© UGent, foto Geert De SoeteOpen Monument Day, Sunday 12 September (FULL)

Admire and experience the renovated iconic building in a small group, accompanied by a librarian, and enjoy a panoramic view of the city of Ghent from the belvedere.

The Boekentoren has full wheelchair access, from the reading rooms all the way to the belvedere on the 21st floor. At 11.00 on Open Monument Day, there will be a guided tour with a Flemish Sign Language interpreter.

© UGent, foto Hilde ChristiaensMonday 13 to Friday 17 September (FULL)

Daily guided tours will be offered in the week following Open Monument Day. Afternoon tours are reserved for the general public, morning tours for Ghent University staff.

Additional slots will be available the week after.

Online tour

You say library, we say digital. Even the Boekentoren can be accessed digitally. Are all the guided tours fully booked, would you prefer to visit the monument from the comfort of your living room, or can’t get enough of the Boekentoren? Explore its different rooms and discover their stories:

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