Biblioteca Nacional, Bogota

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Visit one of the oldest libraries in the Americas at Biblioteca Nacional, which contains the bibliographic heritage of Colombia. Founded in 1777, the national library houses over two million items, including manuscripts, newspapers and magazines, modern books, audio-visual collections, and photographs. Explore the library's four floors: on the first, find the general reading rooms, files, exhibits, and music; the second floor houses newspapers, magazines, and research papers; on third and fourth floors are the stacks and administrative offices. By using our Bogota trip itinerary planner, you can arrange your visit to Biblioteca Nacional and other attractions in Bogota.
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  • June 20, 2017
    Visit doesn't make libraries part of the tourist itinerary. But, in Bogota they usually have temporary exhibitions and concerts. It is worth checking the programming.
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  • June 17, 2017
    This place may not be on top of your Bogota highlights to visit but it is a worthy destination if you have spare time or need a free quality time activity. Certainly a resource place for any of your C...  more »
  • April 21, 2017
    I love this place. It has an impressive architecture. It is of the few sites that retain a very well-kept Republican architecture. Varied cultural space.
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  • April 12, 2017
    It has a special meaning in our memory. Its facilities allow to visitors and researchers carry out their investigation or appreciate one of its interesting expositions. Over there you can get an important background of colombia's history and also take advantage of wide variety of materials that it offers to you, like ancient and modern books, digital and novel contents, magazines, score and stuff. I highly recommend you to go there.
  • September 30, 2016
    Really lovely library, and very interesting. There is the first translation to Spanish, made by Antonio Nariño of the Declaration of the rights of man and of the citizen, and many other important documents of Colombia. I loved that library.
  • July 8, 2016
    Has afacilities open to everyone. For free you xan make a members card, and get free access to the books, internet and use computer.
  • December 25, 2015
    It's building is a classic one. It's beautiful and has a collection of written art works. A must visit.
  • June 9, 2016
    Used to have a professionally designed music listening room.

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