Biblioteca de Catalunya
Biblioteca de Catalunya
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9:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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
Saturday
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
About
The National Library of Catalonia preserves and disseminates the bibliographic heritage of over 3 million documents.MissionThe mission of the Library of Catalonia (BC) is to collect, preserve and disseminate bibliographic production, including digital-Catalan and Catalan language area related.
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Neighbourhood: El Raval
Once a downtrodden corner of downtown Barcelona, this gritty area has seen a cultural resurgence boasting an excellent nightlife and one of the most multi ethnic spots in the entire city. A sense of humble authenticity protrudes from the many independent record stores, second hand shops, and student bars that seem to light up the streets day and night. The rocking epicenter, the MACBA Plaça, is a modern day forum for bohemian youth, abuzz with the sights and sounds of late-night gatherings and talented skateboarders showing off their latest tricks.
How to get there
  • Liceu • 4 min walk
  • Sant Antoni • 8 min walk
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Chris and Stella
Toronto, Canada249 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
My husband and I are book and library enthusiasts. This was worth the walk to the Gothic quarter, on Sant Jordi holiday where books are part of the celebration.
Written 25 April 2024
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SONNY D
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Meh… the nice looking area in the picture is reserved for “researchers” so it’s a little misleading. If you go upstairs and find it, you’re met with turnstiles requiring a card for access. There’s a manned desk and if you ask about getting access they’ll impatiently tell you it’s only for researchers and then point you downstairs to the basic-looking public library where you belong.

All of the public libraries inBarcelona have weird hours so you can only use them for 4 hours max. Most are open from 10-14, close from 14-16, and then reopen from 16-20. 15 minutes before closing they start blasting music over speakers.
Written 16 March 2024
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permia
Ireland61,913 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023
Old Hospital de la Santa Creu is a great location for the National Library. Within stone works originating in the 15th century, a vast collection of tomes and volumes are held.

As a Library it relocated here in 1940 and was deemed the National Library in 1981.

Tremendous vaulted halls now provide a valuable service for the local people, with easy access and many facilities.

An exhibition on photography was underway, comprising numerous books of same.
Written 6 March 2023
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RebekkavanStraalen
Hoorn, The Netherlands45 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Solo
I read a lot of good things about the biblioteca, so I decided to go there, but there was no entry possible for me. I was simply said 'no', when I asked to get in. The 'jardin' also is said to be a beautiful oase, but there are just a few trees and a lot of 'no good people' hanging around. (There also is a smell of garbage in the air.) The building was nice to look at,.. I admit, but I really wished I had the same experience as the rest of the visitors here.
Written 23 October 2019
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Ben B
67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
Tucked away in a hidden corner of El Raval, the Biblioteca de Catalunya is one of Barcelona's most beautiful secrets. The public section is free to enter and contains a wealth of reading material for those for whom the city's museums aren't enough, and whilst the main library itself (up the big stairs on the left upon entering the gardens from Carrer del Hospital) requires a pass to enter, this is both free and easily obtained at the main desk, for both passing and more lengthy visits.
Written 14 April 2019
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majorcan
Palma, Majorca2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018
Spaceful library with an enormous catalogue and helpful staff. A quiet place where to read or to work with your computer. You need to apply for a free membership though.
Written 2 October 2018
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Seeeway
Seattle, WA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
Passed by by accident and fell in love with the garden. Saw local people playing huge chess and it's super fun!
Written 4 August 2017
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Mintchip586
United States92 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017
It was alight (looks better in pictures), you could hang out if walked too much but nothing much to write home to
Written 17 March 2017
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SandraSzasz
Barcelona, Spain10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2017
Second chance I have the opportunity to enjoy a play at the beautiful gothic building in the library. This time a play called L'Hostelera, the set was fab, the wwhole theatre was a restaurant, an italian fonda, with wine, and dishes on teh table, because at break, they served food! And it was really something! great idea and a joy as usual!
Written 2 February 2017
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mihaiescu2015
Bucharest, Romania19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
The library is housed in a former medieval hospital and looks incredible. it is very relaxing and worth a visit.
Written 31 October 2016
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