Biblioteca Nacional & Museo del Libro

Biblioteca Nacional & Museo del Libro information

Madrid , Spain
Paseo de los Recoletos 20
+34 91 580 78 05
Getting there
Metro: Colón
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admission free
Opening hours
library 9am-9pm Mon-Fri, 9.30am-2pm Sat, museum 10am-9pm Tue-Sat, to 2pm Sun
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Perhaps the most impressive of the grand edifices erected along the Paseo de los Recoletos in the 19th century, the 1892 Biblioteca Nacional (National Library) dominates the southern end of Plaza de Colón. The reading rooms are more for use by serious students. Downstairs, and entered via a separate entrance, the fascinating and recently overhauled museum , otherwise known as the Museo de la Biblioteca Nacional, is a must for bibliophiles, with interactive displays on printing presses and other materials, illuminated manuscripts, the history of the library, and literary cafes, although our favourites are the 1626 map of Spain and Picasso’s Mademoiselle Léonie en un Sillón in the Sala de las Musas. There’s not an e-book in sight.