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National Library of Spain, Madrid

Categories: Libraries, Traveler Resources
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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.
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  • Visited en route to Archeological Museum, which is right beside it. It was very well done and quite delightful, leading through centuries of book history to modern multimedia, showing antique items wi...  read more »
  • The Museum shows the history of printed products, how it all began and to this day. Show mini movies.
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  • Not only the facade is impressive, so is all inside. You can access a guided tour groups, with an approximate duration of 60 minutes, which will show us the Museum and the General reading room. Entries must be made in advance. It is true that part of his extensive collection of books and documents is limited, but you can access most of them.
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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 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.
  • You need to be part of a guided visit to see it. So I was just able to see the facade :/
  • I like libraries
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