National Library of Spain, Madrid

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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. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to National Library of Spain and many more Madrid attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Madrid online tour planner .
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  • Individual visits express according to call them on the web much better espresso, speaking first of the staircase and façade, for then go inside and see a couple of the individual spaces to major moves by the general reading room, but the room's pattern is not I ate some interesting exhibitions and entertaining Museum
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  • I have been lucky enough to be able to spend a great time in this library and use its funds for the University's older work. Staff very friendly and eager to make the job easier. The cultural fund is wonderful and to be able to use it, is great.
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  • very nice building and styled like national libraries, inside a makeover allows ample space x displays, media spaces for schools and then a lovely historic show about writing and books. A visit in my opinion worth it.
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  • They do not allow foreign visitors in except for group visits (but the receptionist didn't specify how to sign up on group visit). Very disappointed
  • 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.
  • 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.

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