National Library (Biblioteca Nacional), Rio de Janeiro

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You can see an impressive collection of over 9 million volumes, including rare books and manuscripts, at the neoclassical National Library (Biblioteca Nacional), the largest in Latin America--7th in the world--. A guide will talk you through the treasure-trove, and show you original letters written by Princess Isabel, the first newspapers printed in the country, and two copies of the precious Mainz Psalter Bible, printed in 1492. National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) is the repository of bibliographic and documentary heritage of Brazil and is forever expanding as, by law, a copy of every book published in Brazil has to be held in the library. As the oldest cultural institution in the country, during your visit you will see Brazil, quite literally, through the pages of history. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) and many more Rio de Janeiro attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Rio de Janeiro vacation builder.
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  • Ok its free but you dont have any access to the beautiful rooms you expect to see... you cant even get close to a book. Totally useless to me.  more »
  • A beautiful downtown classical building. It is open for research only not for checking out books. We had to put our bags in a locker before we could enter the main library. Pictures are allowed withou...  more »
  • The library offers free English guided tours at 2pm every day and when Maian showed us round it ended up just being me and my fiancé which was lovely. Maian was very friendly and knew loads about the ...  more »
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  • I developed my research for CBT here. I was always very well attended and all the staff were always willing to help.
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  • Excellent file
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