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Library documentation card

Este servicio se encuentra disponible únicamente mediante cita previa por lo que será necesario solicitar el carné de forma remota antes de acudir a las instalaciones de la BNE.

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The card for the Library Documentation Room is intended for professionals involved in publishing (publishers, editors and booksellers), documentation, archiving, library and museum professionals and students of these areas. It is valid for three years.

Cardholders can: 

  • Consult holdings published from 1958 onwards, in any of the Library rooms 
  • Use the home loan services of the Library Documentation Room.

Documentation needed to register for or renew a card:

Valid personal identification document.
This can be one of the following:

  • National Identity Card
  • Driving licence
  • Passport
  • Residence permit

2. Documents accrediting professional status.
This can be one of the following:

  • Professional card or professional college membership card.
  • Work contract or payslip no more than three months old bearing the name of the employing institution and professional status or occupation.
  • Professional association card (SEDIC, ANABAD, etc.)
  • Documentation accrediting studies in these areas (proof of registration, academic degree, proof of payment of fees for issuance of degree, transcripts, referral letter from a professor with the centre's logo, seal and signature, etc.).
  • Documentation accrediting registration/passing of  state exams in these areas (payment of fees, registration forms, designation in the Official State Gazette (BOE), etc.)

3. Document accrediting permanent home address.
Only if the identification document does not indicate an address. This must be no more than three months old.
This can be:

  • Gas, electricity, water or telephone bill.
  • A certificate of "empadronamiento" (official residence in a Spanish municipality).
  • Rent payment receipt.
  • Receipt of payment for municipal taxes.
  • Salary slip no more than three months old and displaying the home address.
  • Valid home insurance contract or payment receipt for the current year.
  • Bank statements.

The applicant will also be responsible for submitting the official translation of the documents that they are presenting from other countries, when appropriate. All the documents provided will be immediately scanned and returned.

Online application for a card

You can request or renew your card online as well as in person. The Library will respond to your request within 72 hours. The card must be collected at the Library by the cardholder, who must present ID. It cannot be sent by post.