• Last updated: 29 Jan. 2016 15:28

NATO Archives

NATO Headquarters Reading Room


According to the NATO approved policy on Public disclosure, documents of thirty years old or older which have been declassified and approved for public disclosure are available for consultation.

In response to ad hoc requests and in accordance with the Policy on Public Disclosure (see C-M(2008)116-REV1), NATO may disclose documents less than 30 years old. These requests should be submitted to the NATO Archivist, through a national authority; however, readers should be aware that the review procedure may require an extended period of time.

Description of the available material

General provision governing public access:

  • Anyone wishing to consult NATO material must first send a request form (PDF/19Kb) to the NATO Archives Service describing the subject of the research and the dates when he or she would like to consult this material. Processing and confirmation of applications will take a minimum of 10 working days.
  • After receiving the NATO Archives Service's written reply the reader should come to the NATO reading room [- at Boulevard Léopold III, Evere, 1110 Brussels -] on the date indicated in his or her request, bringing the NATO Archives' reply and an identity document.
  • He or she shall then fill in a registration form and receive a temporary pass giving access to the reading room for the necessary research period. This pass shall be handed in when it expires.
  • Security rules for the use of personal computers

Access to documents and Reproduction:

  • Many of the documents are available in digital format.  In person visitors to the reading room may request copies of individual documents, which will be provided on a CD after a visit
  • Exceptionally valuable or fragile documents in paper format may be used only under the conditions specified by the reading room attendant.
  • Readers are asked to provide a copy of their paper, thesis or publication, once it has been completed, for reference purposes in NATO Archives reading room.
  • Digital copies can be requested free of charge during visit. However the reading room attendant may limit the quantity of items to be duplicated.
  • NATO documents may be reproduced after authorization by NATO.  Requests should be made to the NATO Archivist.
  • NATO material should be quoted accurately and in its proper context.


  • Readers are responsible for taking proper care of the equipment to which they have been given access.
  • Smoking, drinking or bringing food into the reading room is forbidden.
  • The use of mobile telephones is not permitted in the reading room.
  • The reading room supervisor is authorized to take action against readers who do not respect these regulations. Infractions will lead to the suspension or withdrawal of the authorization to work in the NATO reading room, without prejudice to possible legal action.

Opening hours:

  • Opening Hours are as follows:
  • NATO Archives reading room is open from Monday to Thursday from 9.00 to 12.30 and from 13.30 to 17.00, and on Fridays from 9.00 to 12.30 and from 13.30 to 15.00.
  • The reading room is closed on official public holidays laid down in an office notice issued annually.

Reading Room Schedule 2018


NATO Archives reading room request form