National Library (Biblioteca Nacional), Rio de Janeiro
(4.4/5 based on 600+ 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.
Create a full Rio de Janeiro itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Rio de Janeiro

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Book it

    Choose from the best hotels
    and activities. Up to 50% off
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Plans in Rio de Janeiro by other users

34 days in Central America & South America BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 16 days in South America BY A USER FROM BRAZIL December, popular PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in South America BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA January, teens, popular PREFERENCES: January, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in South America BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA January, teens, popular PREFERENCES: January, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in South America BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA December, teens, popular PREFERENCES: December, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in South America BY A USER FROM SOUTH AFRICA January, teens, popular PREFERENCES: January, teens ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 19 days in South America BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA December, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: December, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Rio de Janeiro BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA December, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 11 days in Brazil & Buenos Aires BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA December, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: December, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 27 days in Brazil BY A USER FROM PORTUGAL February, popular PREFERENCES: February ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 5 days in Rio de Janeiro BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular PREFERENCES: July, culture, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 60 days in South America, Mexico, United States & Canada BY A USER FROM JAPAN May, beaches, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: May, beaches, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • I don't know if it was the date chosen, but the impression left by the praise was not the best. The reception is dark. The staff were not friendly. Access to books is not intuitive. In the reading room, very hot.
    View original
  • A real treasure to be (obligatorily) visited in Rio de Janeiro. The facade is being restored, but the interior is simply sensational, which, by itself, worth the visit. Important: it is not allowed access to bibliographical research rooms (too bad!), but you can see them through glass.
    View original
  • This is a beautiful building which is opposite the Cinelândia, in downtown Rio. Blend the art nouveau architectural style with neo classic and yet, its beauty is evident. Has a collection of books, of all possible types. Excellent for research. Recommend!
    View original
Google
  • 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!