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Visit the Library

Guided tours

For individuals

Discover the BNE: this tour includes the exterior staircase, the hallway, the main staircase, the Italian Room and the Board of Trustees' Room. This tour does not include the permanent exhibition of the Museum or the General Reading Room*. Approximate duration of 60 minutes.

*Monthly registration opens on the 20th of each month

  • Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12pm and 17pm. Registration


Further information: By telephone 91 516 89 67 or email

*The tour route may change due to one-off activities being scheduled. Weekend visits will be suspended from 1 December 2018 until further notice.

Specialised visits

These are more specific visits and are organised according to the particular interests of a certain group. They are organised depending on Library availability.

  • Visits for institutions (universities and other institutional organisations) and for library science, archive and documentation professionals.   Reservations: By telephone 91 580 78 94 or email


Open Day

The Biblioteca Nacional de España holds its traditional Open Day at least once a year. As well as a tour of the building, including areas to which access is normally restricted, some of the unique pieces in the institution's holdings are displayed.

The date, time, route and type of access are announced in advance.