University Library & Bell Tower

University Library & Bell Tower

University Library & Bell Tower
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SMLikestoTravel
Bengaluru, India392 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Family
This is a tourist trap IMHO. No doubt, the university building looks very good and offers good photo opportunities from the square outside. But the entry ticket to view the library is not worth it. You cannot walk down the aisle and see the books up close. And with good reason - as there are students busy studying. The library is pretty modern so best to set expectations accordingly and not expect something like Hogwarts library 😀. To be fair, the ticket allows you to climb up the bell tower but we chose not to do so. So that might affect our experience and this review.
Written December 11, 2023
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HARTONO T
Medan, Indonesia962 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
This huge building with millions book collection is another landmak of Leuven. To visit the library and tower you need to pay for a fee. A huge plaza in front of the library with no obstruction is the best place to take pictures. The surrounding area is restaurants. The building architecture is fabulous. A very place to sit at evening just to admire the huge grand design building.
Written June 24, 2022
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Michael M
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
My girlfriend and I had high hopes for Leuven library, a historic and picturesque establishment. We paid €4 for entry, which is cheap and seems good value. Upon entry to the main library, we were shocked to find that tourists were limited to about 10 square feet of space and one encased book. Incredibly little to see for a library that has so much to offer. What a disappointment!
Written January 21, 2024
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Hybrideke
Leuven, Belgium50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
The university library is located on the Mgr. Ladeuzeplein. When you bump into beetle Totem (basically a huge bug on a needle) you are on the correct square. It is fun to sit on one of the benches, watch people pass by and enjoy the view of this impressive building. It isn't only beautiful on the outside, but you must visit the inside as well. If you are lucky you can catch an exhibition or see the diligent students in the reading room. When you do go inside, don't forget to climb the tower. There is no elevator, so you have to climb your way up 289 steps. On the balcony you have a nice view of the city and its historical/modern buildings, the brewery, ...
Tip: buy an ILUVLeuven ticket so you can enter the town hall, university library (+ tower), M-Museum and treasury of Saint Peter for only 16 euro.
Written July 18, 2018
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Globetrotter045
Haacht, Belgium5,416 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2014 • Solo
This new exhibition tells the fascinating history of the library during world war I and II. The library was burned down twice!
It is a lot of stairs, but you can catch your breath on each floor, where a part of the story is told.

And finally from the tower balcony you have a great panoramic view of Leuven. With your ticket you receive a small leaflet which indicate the most important buidlings and landmarks.

All the panels with information are in 4 languages: Dutch, French, English and German.
When I visited you could not buy tickets at the entrance of the libray, but you had to get them first at the M-museum or the tourist office.

And be aware when you are on the balcony, you are standing near the clocks. So when they strike the hour, cover your ears!
Written April 28, 2014
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Sann Rene
Brussels, Belgium131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
I take visitors to Leuven all the time, but I've never actually been in the University Library and Bell Tower so we took the time to do this when family was visiting from the USA. You can get an audio guide that will tell you all about the history of this amazing library, and discover the important role the USA played in it's recovery from the world wars. Please do include the bell tower visit, there are displays at every level on the way up and the view from the top is worth the effort. I highly recommend you go on a work week day, the stairway to the tower is tiny so best to do this out of major tourist times.
Written October 12, 2019
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Kruzer59
14 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2019 • Couples
We took the tour, and we were glad we did. Learning that the U.S. helped rebuild this magnificent structure twice after the war made me proud to be an American. That's not always easy to do, but this library is a gem in the heart of Leuven. Great for families, war history buffs, and architecture lovers.
Written July 24, 2019
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Vanhitvonder
Oulu, Finland50 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019 • Business
Take a look inside and climb the clocktower! The centuries old tradition and modern students are seen here throughout the year. Nice view from the tower.
Written June 8, 2019
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ElviraHelena
Amsterdam, The Netherlands136 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Family
Is an amazing Library full of History. The hall itself is quite impressive and climbing the tower gives you amazing views of the city. Is the top attraction.
Written February 26, 2019
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HappyTravellerYYC
Calgary37 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017
The hotel clerk/receptionist highly recommended I visit the library when she heard about other sites I enjoyed. She was right to say the library presented a great deal of information on the history of Leuven. It has been destroyed, relocated and rebuilt on the earlier plan. The self-guided tour available in several languages allowed you to spend as much time as you wanted at each stopping point. The belfry climb was well worth doing as each level opened into a large enough room to explain the history of the building. The view from the top allowed you to see the town and area while bells chimed frequently beside you. The highlight of course is the reading room. The day I visited there were very few people using it and only a handful of tourists so you could take your time to study the woodwork and design.
The person working the front desk was multi-lingual and extremely knowledgeable which added to the whole experience. The exterior view of this huge building was somewhat blocked by the amusement park that operates for most of September.
Written September 20, 2017
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