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However, the third floor is with it! There are explanations of the various rooms in different languages and once your timed number is called, it’s probably 30 minutes maximum. We bought a combo ticket and went to the library first.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank JDinLA
Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love books, art, architecture and/or history, you must visit this library. As noted in other reviews, you must wait in line for tickets-- there are a few places where you can purchase them, and the line length varies depending upon the time, day...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank ProfessorOnzaga
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Amazing place to visit, tightly controlled entry with timed access so you may have to wait to enter the building. Well worth the wait to view an awe-inspiring collection of aged books.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Keith B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Don’t know about the Harry Potter allusions but this is one magnificent building. Once you get past the OMG moment check out the chinoiserie wall panels, the hidden doors, the OTT ornamentation. imagine trying to study fir your exams in that room!

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is a nice place to see but you cannot see any book in details, only in the shelves. It is a 5 minute visit

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank LuizC2013
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Entrance to the library building is via the lowest level, and visitors are controlled as they move up through the three floors in groups. Through its history, the university operated an ‘academic prison’ to safeguard faculty and students from criminals. Commencing in 1593, the prison...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Craig M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not to be missed in Coimbra. Brief tour is guided and very good. Academic prison is an interesting feature. Time in the stunning library is limited before being ushered out. No pictures are allowed in Library... but are allowed in other areas of the Library.

Date of experience: March 2018
Thank WC-Travelers-75
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Buy tickets at new library just outside iron gate. You first see prison the walk up and see a 2nd floor library and then up to 3rd floor too see the main library. Amazing ! Allowed 20 minutes inside which is plenty. Bought ticket and...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Sandandsunshine
Reviewed 9 February 2019

Visit the whole university and end here at the library. it is absolutely beautiful. It is interesting visiting the rest of the university as the students are in residence and you can see how things really haven't changed over the centuries

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank bjay3
Reviewed 7 February 2019

What a wonderful library that is. The smell of oak, the old dusty books and the rich baroque interior are almost mesmerising. Watch out for bats! Just kidding, they are asleep when you visit :)

Date of experience: February 2019
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