Trip Planner:   Europe  /  Spain  /  Community of Madrid  /  Madrid  /  Miscellaneous  /  National Library of Spain
National Library of Spain, Madrid
(4.5/5 based on 320+ 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.
Create a full Madrid itinerary
map

Plan your trip to Madrid

  • 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 Madrid by other users

7 days in Spain BY A USER FROM SINGAPORE May, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: May, culture, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, shopping ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 19 days in Italy, Spain & Morocco BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 23 days in Spain BY A USER FROM CANADA March, kids, culture, outdoors, romantic, hidden gems PREFERENCES: March, kids, culture, outdoors, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 17 days in Spain BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, teens, culture, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: July, teens, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium 26 days in Europe BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, culture, outdoors, beaches, fast-paced, popular PREFERENCES: May, culture, outdoors, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Fast-paced 5 days in Madrid BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, slow & easy, popular PREFERENCES: August ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Slow & easy 16 days in Spain BY A USER FROM CANADA July, popular PREFERENCES: July ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 31 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA July, relaxing, romantic, beaches, popular PREFERENCES: July, relaxing, romantic, beaches ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 15 days in Spain BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, culture, historic sites, popular PREFERENCES: June, culture, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 33 days in Europe BY A USER FROM COLOMBIA May, popular PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 9 days in Spain BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES March, popular PREFERENCES: March ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular PACE: Medium 49 days in Europe BY A USER FROM AUSTRALIA December, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, teens, culture, outdoors, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans
Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • surprising little place. inside the library a little museum dedicated to writing history and an exhibition of Cervantes. it's small and everything in Spanish but still it's a little gem 
  • Nothing I liked the space expoisitivo (regardless of exhibitions that housed were little attractive and with very little information support
    View original
  • For compulsory attendance, you must visit the national library, at least in order to see the entire architectural masterpiece. The district also has many buildings. Entrance to the library is charged, so those who do not allow funds and limited time, and in any case will get aesthetic pleasure!
    View original
Google
  • 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.