National Library of Spain

library in Spain

The National Library of Spain (Spanish: Biblioteca Nacional de España) is in Madrid. It is Spain's largest library.[3] It is also one of the world's largest libraries. It was started by King Philip V of Spain in 1712.[3]

National Library of Spain
Established1712 (312 years ago) (1712)
Reference to legal mandateRoyal Decree 1581/1991 on October 31st.
Items collectedbooks, journals, newspapers, magazines, sound and music recordings, patents, databases, maps, stamps, prints, drawings and manuscripts
Size26,000,000 items, including 15,000,000 books and other printed materials, 30,000 manuscripts, 143,000 newspapers and serials, 4,500,000 graphic materials, 510,000 music scores, etc.
Legal depositYes, by Decree on December 23rd 1957
Access and use
Access requirementsAccess to reproductions and post-1958 materials is open to Biblioteca Nacional library card holders. Access to pre-1958 materials is only allowed with a researcher card.[1] Materials in exceptional circumstances are subject to special restrictions.[2]
Members115,707 readers in 2007. The web users in the same year were 1,800,935.
Other information
DirectorAna Santos Aramburo (since 2013)
Staff1025 (including external employees)
National Library of Spain
Native name
Spanish: Biblioteca Nacional de España
LocationMadrid, Spain
Official name: Biblioteca Nacional de España
Reference no.RI-51-0004908
National Library of Spain is located in Spain
National Library of Spain
Location of National Library of Spain in Spain


  1. "Carnés de la Biblioteca". (in Spanish). 20 March 2012. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  2. "Carné de investigador. Biblioteca Nacional de España". (in Spanish). 12 December 2011. Retrieved 4 February 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 World Encyclopedia of Library and Information Services, ed. Robert Wedgeworth (Chicago : American Library Association, 1993), p. 783

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