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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  • August 16, 2017
    Created by Felipe V en1711 and opened in 1712, forced printers to deposit a copy of the books that were published. Magnificent building which is not only limited to exercise as a library, but it performs a multitude of exhibitions, and located in downtown Paseo de Recoletos. A well designed website that allows you to inform you properly before going and do not waste time and facilities to enter as a reader, prior request of meat, but which requires few formalities.
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  • August 9, 2017
    I was delighted to visit the works, banned in its time, of a great unknown Luis Usoz, who devoted his life to ls dissemination of the Bible, hidden from the people in that generation. Thanks to him along with others today can enjoy reading and find us with the word of God that is found with the same. Our group was guided by José de Segovia, evangelical pastor with great knowledge and power of communication, entertaining and close.
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  • August 8, 2017
    There is a free museum in the basement of this building plus a changing exhibition on the ground floor. The museum focusses on some of the more interesting books owned by the library and also on some ...  more »
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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.
  • 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.
  • You need to be part of a guided visit to see it. So I was just able to see the facade :/
  • 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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