National Library Of Spain, Madrid
National Library Of Spain, Madrid - Address, Phone Number
Address: Paseo de Recoletos, 20-22, 28001 Madrid, Spain
Time Required: 00:30 Mins
Timings: 09:00 am - 09:00 pm Details
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About National Library Of Spain, Madrid
The National Library of Spain was established in the early 18th century by King Philip V as the Palace Public Library. He made it mandatory for the submission of a copy of every book printed in Spain to this library named ‘Biblioteca Nacional’.
Today, the gorgeous building makes for an ideal place for book lovers to spend some time turning pages and getting engrossed in some of the best books around the world. Art lovers can absorb the architectural beauty enhanced by sculptures and paintings. The statues of Alfonso X (The Wise) and San Isidoro near the grand staircase are the highlight of the art showcases here.
The museum is divided into 8 halls that accommodate segregatedbooks, manuscripts and antiques.
Other highlights include:
- Sala Cervantes Hall: A collection of antiques and ancient and modern manuscripts, theatre plays and the work of Cervantes.
- Sala Goya Hall: Showcases engravings, photographs, posters and drawings.
National Library Of Spain Ticket Prices
- Admission is Free of cost.
National Library Of Spain Opening and Closing Hours
Museum Opening Hours:
- Tuesday to Saturday: From 10:00 am to 9:00 pm
- Sundays: From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm
How To reach National Library Of Spain by Public Transport
- By Metro: Colon
- By Bus: Serrano - Museo Arqueologico
- By Train: at Madrid-Recoletos
- By Taxi
- By renting a Car/Bike.
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National Library Of Spain, Madrid Reviews - Write a Review
This is a research library, not a public library. To register you need photo and address ID, and research credentials - e.g. proof of your reason to study there, like a degree or professional association card. What you can take in to the library once registered is quite strict. A laptop but not in a case for example. There are lockers provided.
They do not allow foreign visitors in except for group visits (but the receptionist didn't specify how to sign up on group visit). Very disappointed
The largest collection in Spain, comparable in terms of on-site service to other large national collection in London and Paris. Off-site books can take forever to be delivered: order them before you travel. Don't expect the staff to speak much English. Anyone working on a topic with a Spanish angle to it should speak Spanish as well as they read it, and if you don't read it what are you doing here? The exhibitions are usually very good: to see them, take the ground-level entrance (rather than going up the stairs).
The beautiful entrance draws you into a fabulous building, a place where books send you back in a world without blemish.
The building, collection and staff are wonderful here. If you are not from Spain, all you need is a passport to obtain a Reader Card which allows you to look at books published after 1931. You cannot take the books out of this library, but you can reserve them for up to 15 days and read them in a beautiful and spacious room with plenty of desks, lights and free wifi.