Have you ever been to the Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid? If you’re going to the direction of Plaza de Cibeles and Barrio Atocha via Paseo de la Castellana and Recoletos, you certainly will not miss it due to its sheer size and magnificence. The National Library of Spain in English, it is the largest library of the country, and one of the largest in the world.
The building is right in the corner of the paseo immediately after crossing the Plaza de Colon. In front is the Museo de Cera and Colon Metro Station.
Wealth of resources at Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid
The library boasts of large collections of books, documents, and reading resources. More than 26 million items are found in its keep;these are mainly 15 million books, thousands of “revistas” and journals, and various forms of manuspcripts and printed materials. It also possesses numerous items in different medium types such as audiovisuals, sounds and music scores, and electronic-based documents.
The library’s collections are overflowing that the items which could not be accommodated here are sent to an extention library located in Alcalá de Henares campus. The latter must be an appropriate choice for the library’s extenstion site since Alcala de Henares is considered to be the university town of the Communidad de Madrid.
Enjoy the Services of the National Library of Spain
While most public libraries in Madrid, and Spain as a whole, offer loan privileges, this is not the case with the National Library. In order to enjoy access to designated books and various library resources, you need to obtain a reader’s or researcher’s card.
Q1. What is a Readers Card?
Once you acquire your own Card, this affords you the basic privilege to borrow books.
Q2. What is the validity duration of the card?
It is valid for 3 years.
Q3. What are the requirements when applying for one?
You must present any of these legal documents: national identity card, residence permit, valid passport, driver’s license.
You can also apply for a card thru its website. Upon the approval of your application, you may claim your card at the library upon presenting any of the required ID’s.
Needless to say, Biblioteca Nacional is no ordinary library; but clearly, it reaches out to as many would-be users as possible, ensuring its easy accessibility via its Reader card.
Did you know that the Library has its own museum?
Known before as the Book Museum, its task is to aid the library in providing the maximum educational, cultural, and recreational benefits to users and visitors. It also offers the public valuable information on the library’s history, operations, and various resources.
The museo’s collections include a number of valuable artistic and cultural pieces such as paintings and sculptures, and items that pertain to books, reading, and education, like typewriters and equipment used in the making of books.
How to go to the extention site:
Direccion: Meco, Alcalá de Henares, 28805 Madrid
By autobus: In Madrid, take bus number 227; upon reaching the town, take autobus 12, 250, 2
By Train: Ride the Renfe Cercanías Lines C2 and C7
Library hours: Mondays to Fridays: 9AM to 9PM; Saturdays: 9AM to 2PM
Museum hours: Tuesdays to Saturdays: From 10AM to 9PM; Sundays: 10AM to 2PM
Please refer to the website (by clicking at the link below) for any possible changes in the opening hours.
Admission: Entrance is Free