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Spanish National Library

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  • Façade of the Spanish National Library. Madrid © Gabriel Muñiz. Ministerio de Cultura

    Façade of the Spanish National Library. Madrid © Gabriel Muñiz. Ministerio de Cultura

  • Reference room in the Spanish National Library. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Reference room in the Spanish National Library. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

  • Staircase. Entrance hall in the Spanish National Library. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

    Staircase. Entrance hall in the Spanish National Library. Madrid © Ministerio de Cultura

  

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Library owned by the state
Paseo de Recoletos, 20-22
28071 Madrid
Madrid

Telephone+34 915807800

Fax+34 915775634

E-mailwebmaster@bne.es

Websitehttp://www.bne.es/

The Spanish National Library was founded by Philip V and opened its doors in 1712 with the name of Royal Public Library. It is today Spain's primary national library institution.

By means of a system of legal deposit, one or various copies of all bibliographic articles, on any kind of support, are entered in the Spanish National Library. It is therefore home to an extensive collection of works of extraordinary value of all different kinds. The manuscripts, personal archives, incunabula and ancient and modern printed matter, in addition to journals and periodicals, form the basis of Spain's bibliographic heritage. Particularly exceptional is the Cervantes collection, containing 26 editions of Don Quixote printed in the 17th century. This cultural heritage is further enriched by an important collection of music and sound and audiovisual recordings. The Spanish Public Library has an outstanding and extensive collection of etchings, of which particular highlights include various prints by Francisco de Goya, an extremely valuable collection of original drawings including works by Velázquez and Murillo, and an excellent and numerous collection of photographs. The library also offers an attractive cultural programme of exhibitions, lectures and presentations, as well as the Library Museum.

Essential works

Collections

The library's collections are included in the Collective Catalogue of Spanish Bibliographic Heritage, created for the purpose of describing and locating books and other bibliographic items held in libraries and Spanish institutions which, for reason of their antiquity, singularity or value, form part of Spain's Historic Heritage.


Come and visit

Timetables

Sep 16 to Jun 15

Monday A Friday

Does not close at midday

9:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Saturday

9:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Closing days: Sundays

Jun 16 to Sep 15

9:00 AM to 7:30 PM

Closing days: Weekend

Services
In-house consultation
Lectures
Exhibitions
Newspaper and magazine archive
Bibliographic information
Inter-library lending
Document reservation
Reference service
Guided tours

Accessibility
Accessible to the disabled, with companion
Lift
Car park
Wheelchairs

Multimedia

Find tourist information in the surroundings

Very interesting

Activities

©Luis Ramirez de Lucena

Oct 20, 2018 to Oct 27, 2019

Workshop

Spanish National Library - Madrid
Introduction to chess for adults workshop

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