Biblioteca Nacional de España

Biblioteca Nacional de España

Biblioteca Nacional de España
4.5
Monday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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Address
Neighbourhood: Salamanca (District)
How to get there
  • Colón • 3 min walk
  • Serrano • 5 min walk
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skipitgood
Roswell, GA508 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2013 • Couples
Even though I thought this museum was one of the most interesting I went to in Madrid, I had to give it a 4-star rating because for some unknown reason it is not possible to visit the actual library! The museum is free and open every day except Monday, but we weren't allowed to enter the actual library. Seems to defeat the purpose of having a *national* library.

We visited just a few days ago, and the exhibits currently showing were fascinating. One shows the confluences of all three cultures (Spanish, Jewish, and Moorish) on book binding styles and designs. Another shows dozens of woodblock prints by Albrecht Duerer and his contemporaries. I was previously not very interested in Duerer's work, but after seeing the detail and skill required for the prints, I enjoyed the exhibit immensely.

After viewing the two temporary exhibits, we were tired and just quickly breezed through the permanent collection. If we'd had more time, I would have liked to look longer, as it looked impressive. One downside was that all of the info was in Spanish, so I wouldn't have known what any of it was anyway.

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Written 7 April 2013
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Allison S
Houston, TX132 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2014 • Solo
Inside the national library, there are 2 main exhibit halls where the public can go for free and see what the library is hosting. They have one permanent one on the ground floor that goes through the history of the library and how they have gone about collecting and preserving the documents and historical artifacts in their collection. It was amazing to see some of the material available for viewing in this collection and I was even more impressed that this was all for free. The second area is for a temporary exhibit that rotates every fee months. I recommend going and making sure you have about 3-3 1/2 hours to see everything because you are going to want to take your time. The only downside was most of it was in Spainish only, but in the main area, there were little placards in different languages that explained the purpose of each room and how they each fit together with the overall theme of the exhibit.
Written 19 June 2014
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hrvatski u
Belgrade, Serbia239 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Friends
Readers, researches and visitors all come to this magnificent Neoclassical building enclosing, on the west, the National Library and, on the east the National Archaeological Museum. Two fasades which contain over four million books, manuscripts, incunabula, etchings and important archaeological items such as the famous Dama de Elche.
Written 14 June 2016
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Ken S
Montreal, Canada54 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2015 • Couples
They would not let us in to see the Library as we are not members and this library is for local people only. It is not a tourist site and do not go unless you are going to the museum attached to the same building. Disappointing!!
Written 12 October 2015
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Patti V
Mundolsheim, France63 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The building is great. The museum has very interesting events. The problem I had is that the library is not public, they don't let you in unless you have a membership... I was really disappointed because I wanted to work here but they send me to another library, a public one. Is there any national library in the world that is not public? Yes, in Madrid!!!
Written 5 April 2013
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Martha D
Madrid, Spain17 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
The library it's good. It's very big and the building it's beautiful but I had the idea when I went with school that most of the places needed an identification to enter because there are important and valuable books, so I couldn't enjoyed it very much.
I got the ideas that local libraries lend you more books than this national one.
Although most of the heritage we have in Spain are not well exploited as the same in Italy, that's what I believe and you will notice the moment you enter somewhere here.
Written 26 June 2012
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jsf646
Paris, France845 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
What a disappointment: a beautiful and monumental facade, gigantic stairways... all this for an ordinary reading room with very few books ... and especially no historical book exposed for the public.
Written 29 October 2019
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Gillfluff
Leeds, UK302 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2019
An interesting place, not strictly a tourist attraction but known to hold the occasional special exhibition. Currently they are hosting works about and by Leonardo da Vinci, principally from their own collection and supplemented with some glorious illuminated manuscripts. Entry is free, but timed, your ticket allows you 15 minutes in the actual exhibition (which is in Spanish) but you are free to wander the small number of exhibits outside of the main exhibition room. Warning - there are no toilets here and nowhere to sit down, so go prepared for a short wait!
Written 12 May 2019
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HappyTravellers222
Leeds, UK381 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Family
We did not go inside the library- but what a magnificent building from the outside, it gives great photo opportunities with its imposing columns and statues - just wonderful.

Do not visit Madrid without seeing this great structure.
Written 4 October 2017
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BennyMalaga
Malaga, Spain89,732 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2011 • Couples
The facade of the National Library is very impressive. It has a classical look with eight columns supporting a pediment with many statues of Spanish men known for their literacy. There are impressive steps leading to the entrance and these have six large statues of literate men from Spanish history, such as Cervantes, Alfonso X (The Wise), and San Isidoro de Sevilla.

The ground floor of the library usually has art exhibitions that are always free.
Written 3 October 2011
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