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National Library of Spain, Madrid

(4.5/5 based on 340+ reviews on the web)
Founded as the royal palace's public library in the 18th century, National Library of Spain is one of the largest libraries in the world. Besides the vast collection of books, the library is a center of research and archives. Visit the palatial structure and browse the shelves full of historic and contemporary editions. Stay quiet in the aisles and enjoy the epic architecture over the pages of Cervantes. Put National Library of Spain on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Madrid vacation trip planner.
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  • The Spanish national library is in the northern part of the city centre of Madrid, on the Paseo Recoletos halfway between the Plaza de Cibeles and Plaza de Colon. From the Plaza de Cibeles is in less than five minutes to walk. The huge building, with the columns at the entrance is reminiscent of a Roman temple. In the stylish garden is even a monument, which we gladly looked at us. Conclusion: For lovers of books a mandatory target, all other page a short visit here but also recommended.
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  • I could take a room with samples on architects who participated in the construction of the library building. In addition to other works in Madrid. In the sample I could also observe your learning process. The only thing that requires anticipation is annotated with time to the tours to explore the room, access to the consultation is not so easy as in other places. I think that should be more accessible.
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  • This museum looks really beautiful from the outside. Qhet museum is disappointing. I had much more can expected. Free entrance
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  • The largest collection in Spain, comparable in terms of on-site service to other large national collection in London and Paris. Off-site books can take forever to be delivered: order them before you travel. Don't expect the staff to speak much English. Anyone working on a topic with a Spanish angle to it should speak Spanish as well as they read it, and if you don't read it what are you doing here? The exhibitions are usually very good: to see them, take the ground-level entrance (rather than going up the stairs).
  • The beautiful entrance draws you into a fabulous building, a place where books send you back in a world without blemish.
  • You need to be part of a guided visit to see it. So I was just able to see the facade :/
  • The building, collection and staff are wonderful here. If you are not from Spain, all you need is a passport to obtain a Reader Card which allows you to look at books published after 1931. You cannot take the books out of this library, but you can reserve them for up to 15 days and read them in a beautiful and spacious room with plenty of desks, lights and free wifi.
  • Since I am a student at the Complutense University of Madrid I am often assigned to write papers on various subject that I sometimes just can't find anything about in my textbooks and the internet. I've came to the conclusion that the most reliable source of information in those situations is the Biblioteca Nacional de España. The staff there is very knowledgeable and quite helpful which saves me a lot of time browsing for the right book on my own.