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. Add National Library (Biblioteca Nacional) to your Rio de Janeiro travel itinerary, and discover new vacation ideas by using our Rio de Janeiro itinerary maker site .
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  • The beautiful, spacious place .... but .... Where are the books?!?! There I felt like in a future film, where the works are retained as relics. There is no more option to play and choose the books. You quote the name and awaits you. And great for specific search .... poor mortal like me ... not served.
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  • Beautiful place, with wonderful architecture! But little access to books and many places that can not enter. The tour itself is very fast.
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  • Very beautiful place, with preserved architecture. Too bad we can't have access to all areas. Central location in Rio de Janeiro, access by TRAM, walk, Uber, Cabify ... Has water and restrooms available. Had 2 exhibitions going on. Luther 500 years and Egypt.
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  • I agree that a reading and studying space would make the environment more fluid and utilitarian. There seems to be an insular and smug atmosphere. Hope this doesn't negatively impact the ability of the institution to accompany the evolution of contemporary and future Brazilian work. The museum belongs to the public, in theory. Took the time to make a donation, they humored me in a thinly veiled way and effectively threw the books in the trash. Don't expect much beyond the very beautiful building.
  • The National Library is beautiful. With a very rich architecture is considered by UNESCO one of the biggest national libraries of the world and the largest library in Latin America. When I visited the library I saw the exposure to exiles from World War II. Very interesting!
  • Like others have said its a beautiful building, but unless you go at 2pm for a tour you can only walk around the lobby and to do that you have to take off your backpack and put it in a locker. Super odd behaviour!
  • really cool building, but you can't really visit anything inside
  • Another amazing library of Rio, the National Library of Brazil was constructed back in 1810 and has since become the largest library in Latin America and the 7th largest in the world. As a copyright library, publishers have been required to send over one copy of every title they've published since 1907, pushing the library’s collection to over 9 million items, including a number of rare books and an extensive collection of over 21,500 photos all dating from before 1890.
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