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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  • The National Library of Brazil, whose official name is the National Library Foundation, serves as depository of bibliographic and documentary heritage of Brazil. Have in your important files original productions of our history. UNESCO has classified as one of the biggest most beautiful libraries in the world. My suggestion is that you schedule (by phone) a guided tour. Are details, information, works and construction that deserves to be understood and seen with calm. Time of visit around 1 hour. Free access. Offers luggage lockers to accommodate backpacks.
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  • Just in front of the station the Cinelândia subway is the national library, an amazing building that regularly offers very well presented and interesting exhibitions in its different floors open to the public. Good choice to spend an hour or two immersed in history and knowledge.
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  • I visited the municipal library with guide and it totally holds, since the guide was very well prepared, passing several curiosities about the library and showed, throughout the visit, available to take questions. Recommend.
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  • really cool building, but you can't really visit anything inside
  • Beautiful building but only a couple of exhibitions open to the general public.
  • 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.
  • Guided tour was interesting but there's simply too much street noise entering the main hall. And for evident reasons, the guide was not able to tell a lot in the different reading rooms.
  • Muito bonito!