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Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid

Biblioteca Nacional, Madrid

If you are a bibliophile, you should definitely not miss an opportunity to visit the impressive, huge Biblioteca Nacional de Espana on Paseo de Recoletos, not far from Plaza Colon.

This wonderful public library was founded in 1712 by King Philip V who issued a decree whereby a copy of each book printed in Spain thenceforth was to be given to the library. The Crown passed ownership of the library to the government in 1836 and, in 1896, the library was opened to the public with a new reading room for 320 seats added. In 1931, the General Reading Room was opened for students and researchers.

Inside this repository, if you care, and have the time, to count them all, you will find over 26 million volumes, including 15 million books in Spanish and other languages, 30,000 manuscripts, over 500,000 maps, and 600,000 sound recordings – from the first gramophone records to MP4 – plus more than 500,000 music scores. Luckily, you don’t have to wander around looking for what you want there forever, but simply consult the librarian catalog on one of the computers in the reading room.

In 1986, the library became the Sate Repository of Spain’s Cultural Memory and, in 1990, an Autonomous Entity attached to the Ministry of Culture.
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Sight Name: Biblioteca Nacional
Sight Location: Madrid, Spain
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles

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