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“Stop and read”

Mario de Andrade Library
Ranked #41 of 843 things to do in Sao Paulo
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 20 September 2015

I love this place to read and enjoy a little bit of silence in the middle of the city. They have great resources for those who want to research and simply read the newspaper of the day.

Thank MariaOliver1976
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Reviewed 29 August 2014

BMA is a very quiet place to study or read. There you’ll find thousands of books, famous São Paulo’s newspaper And magazines. This library was closed for many years and now is well refurbished with plenty of shelves, tables and good light distribution. In this librar is possible to borrow some books but you need to show your ID and address bill statement. The library is well located at the beginning of Rua da Consolação where you can access by bus or metro.

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Reviewed 29 December 2013

I am a member of this library and would advise any foreign tourist or student to skip this place unless you can speak Portuguese as there is virtually no material - books, newspapers or magazines - in any other language.

Getting in involves the usual infuriating registration system in which you have to present some official ID. As no-one trusts anyone in Brazil, you´re not even allowed to take in a briefcase or folder but have to deposit it. However, you can use your own laptop and there are plenty of study places.

It has been reformed and is much better than it was and the staff are quite friendly and helpful.

However, in overall terms, it is a pitiful public library for a city the size of São Paulo.

The building is located in the downtown area near the Teatro Municipal and the adjoining streets are filled with the dregs of society so be prepared for life in the raw.

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Reviewed 22 June 2012

A skyscraper full of books, designed by French architect Jacques Pilon in a sober art deco style. The first tower was ready in 1942, the second one ... was never built. It's a public building, so access is easy. Inside, lots of precious materials were used for the decoration. Contemporary chairs and reading tables. The recent renovation affected a liitle bit the total look.

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