National Library (Biblioteca Nacional), Rio de Janeiro

(4.4/5 based on 650+ reviews on the web)
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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  • A place not to be missed for those who love history, architecture and art in General. The largest library of South America recently thrill visitors to contain rare works like the first Bible printed by Gutenberg and curiosities about their illustrious regulars. Worth doing the Grand Tour which is free.
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  • I thought it was cool the library but not essential. I wouldn't go back there. There's a lot to see and tour and short.
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  • The size of a pinhead and exposed with many rare works, and well preserved. Founded in 1914 the Royal National Library of Brazil, open to the public.
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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!