National Library of Spain, Madrid

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Founded as the royal palace's public library in the 18th century, National Library of Spain is one of the largest libraries in the world. Besides the vast collection of books, the library is a center of research and archives. Visit the palatial structure and browse the shelves full of historic and contemporary editions. Stay quiet in the aisles and enjoy the epic architecture over the pages of Cervantes. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to National Library of Spain and many more Madrid attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Madrid online tour planner .
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  • Look on the website of the BNE before going to see it and if you can hire the free guided tour. They tell you many interesting things, you access to the inside of the library and learn that not only are books...
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  • This is the back side of the Archeological Museum which is a must see in Madrid So if you go to the museum take a look at this fantastic architecture too and don´t forget to visit Plaza Colon right ne...  more »
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  • Better and worse access than other libraries. Good WiFi. Anyone gets a library card for 3 years. This is better than all libraries in the US (except the NYPL, where anyone can get a card for 3 months, 3 years for NY residents). One cannot take home books. To get a library card is easy (takes about 10’). The library is closed on Sunday, and on Saturday at 2:00 PM. Visitors cannot see much, or get access to the general reading room (as one can do in the US). There are free lockers. The WiFi is better than at US public libraries
  • We visited the exhibition about Leonardo da Vinci. Very interesting (it complements the big exhibition about Leonardo in Palacio de las Alhajas). Absolute disappointment when we realized that the Madrid I and Madrid II Codix exposed are facsimile and not the original works. Even so, it is very interesting to visit it to get an idea of ​​Leonardo's real work and life, an interesting figure that doubtless deserves to be known thoroughly. Free entrance.
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