Libraries in Barcelona

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Libraries in Barcelona

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  • Ben B
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    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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 April 14, 2019
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  • Tamerlans007
    Badalona, Spain1,805 contributions
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    Interesting public library that worth a visit. It's a very good complement of the main places in Barcelona. It's not a touristic place and could be a good place to rest for a while and get into an old atmosphere. They have a very good Sherlock Holmes collection.
    The visit is free.
    Written January 12, 2020
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  • doppelganger_et
    Thessaloniki, Greece925 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Do not miss this free to access building, just around the corner of the Cathedral. Great terrace and open space.
    Written May 29, 2019
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  • MollyKathleen04
    Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    I like Black Books on TV, not so much in real life. The surly Irishman behind the counter is a poor imitation of Bernard Black, and made my visit a thoroughly unpleasant experience. The whole time I was there he was loudly rude and passive-agressive toward his co-worker, making everyone in the store quite uncomfortable. When I went to pay I was greeted with a surly glance from the above mentioned gentlemen while he continued to file his nails and ignore me until his co-worker was ready to serve me.
    Don't bother attempting to sell books to them. They will either accuse you of trying to steal them, or offer you 1 Euro for a book in brand new condition (or in my case both).

    I guess one positive is that I'm now inclined to learn Spanish so I never have to go back there.
    Written December 5, 2017
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  • Jaska H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow! What a wonderful library built in an old textile factory. Very interesting architecture and exhibition. Good selection of books, CDs, etc. Nice and calm atmosphere.
    Written January 7, 2023
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  • MrReon
    Central New Jersey2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This building (now a university library) is a reproduction of the Spanish Pavilion at the 1937 Paris Exposition. Although it was closed when we were there in October 2011 we could walk around it and look inside. On the ground level there is reproduction of Picasso's painting Guernica where the original was displayed. For those interested in architecture and history this is an amazing find!
    Written July 12, 2021
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  • hargun k
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    During my literary quest in Barcelona, I discovered Zainquag bookstore, a true haven for book lovers. Zainquag isn't just a bookstore; it's a cultural landmark nestled in Barcelona's vibrant landscape. Each shelf at Zainquag is a testament to the world of stories waiting to be unraveled. Their impressive collection spans various genres, offering an unparalleled selection of second-hand books. The knowledgeable staff at Zainquag enhances the experience, guiding you to your next great read. For travelers and locals alike, Zainquag bookstore is a must-visit destination for anyone seeking the quintessence of Barcelona's literary scene. #ZainquagBookstore #BookLoversBarcelona"
    Written November 15, 2023
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