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Library of Catalonia

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Address: Carrer del Hospital, 56, 08001 Barcelona, Spain
Phone Number: +34 932 70 23 00
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours

The National Library of Catalonia preserves and disseminates the...

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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Beautiful library

The library is housed in a former medieval hospital and looks incredible. it is very relaxing and worth a visit.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
Bucharest, Romania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The library is housed in a former medieval hospital and looks incredible. it is very relaxing and worth a visit.

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Frederiksberg, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Biblioteca de Catalunya (the National Library of Catalunya) is situated in Jardins de Rubió i Lluch. Both the outside and the inside takes your breath away. When Gaudi was run down by a tram, he was taken here. At that time this was a hospital, which moved to Sant Pau Hospital near Sagrada Familia.

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Oksboel, Denmark
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

Library of Catalonia is located in El Raval between Carrer de l'Hospital and Carrer del Carme. It is a beautiful old building. The Library-garden is an idyllic oasis. For rest, reading, playing. A wondeful place. One of many oasis in the metropolitan.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2015

I loved this building, and the way it stands as an old-world structure among the newer buildings all around.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2015

This is where Gaudi was taken after the tram accident. No longer a paupers hospital, its now the Library. The square is beautiful, a real gem. I recommend that you find it! Also, on a hot day, why not walk into the AIR-CON Library, walk up and down the aisles for a few minutes and regain your composure then head... More 

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Nanterre, France
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2015

How lucky these students are to learn in a such ancient place. few hundreds meters from ramblas and a total different atmosphere ... have a coffee here

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Helsinki, Finland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 10, 2015

The library of Catalonia is mainly meant for researchers, however, access was granted to us with the qualification that we should give room for those who need the materials of the library. You need to provide an ID and fill in a form to register to the library and to receive the access card to get in. There are quite... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2014 via mobile

The building is in a traditional style with a courtyard in the middle. There's two large size chess where people crowded watching the game.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 3, 2014

Just off the Rambla is this medieval library that is free and an oasis of calm amid the bustle of the Rambla. The arched entrance saved me and a bunch of others during a sudden thunderstorm with no umbrella. There is also an art space right next door called La Capella that is part of the library and hospital complex... More 

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