RoSa is a library and expertise center on gender and feminism, located in the centre of Brussels. We have more than 30,000 books to offer and have one of the largest collections on gender-related topics! Everybody’s welcome to snoop around, work, use our computers or just to read. The RoSa website aims to be a guide on women's issues, gender and feminism in Flanders and Brussels, offering a predominately Dutch-language platform. We also organise or host events in the library.

Who’s involved in it?

We are 12 people at the office, 14 if we also count the current intern and student worker.

What’s your origin story and your motivation?

RoSa started out in 1978 as a grassroots library and knowledge centre, born out of the need for centralised documentation during the second feminist wave. RoSa has since kept pace with the times and has not only digitalised a major part of its extensive and ever-growing collection, but also expanded its services over the years. One colleague works for more than 30 years for RoSa!.

What are some of your favorite spots in Brussels?

Next to our own library of course, we also adore the new rile* bookshop at ARGOS, we like Passa Porta and Brussels bookshops in general. We love all the big (Cinematek! Beursschouwburg! Kaaitheater! WIELS!) and not so big (Toestand! Globe Aroma! Decoratelier!) cultural spaces. We also care for organizations that have no fixed location such as Le Space, Period., Blédarte, Heartbroken,… We eat vegan at The Judgy Vegan in the Marolles. In general, we like the variety Brussels has to offer, of people and places.

Where can we find you virtually and/or physically?

Zennestraat 40, 1000 Brussel
Mon - Thur from 10h00 - 17h00, Fri by appointment


RoSa, 2020

*based on queer archives