The National Library Museum aims to disseminate the importance books have had throughout history. This new space is composed by eight halls where visitors can contemplate original books, learn about the librarian profession or discover Miguel de Cervantes´ secrets.
The National Library aims to strengthen the city's cultural offer proposing public and educational activities that are not typical of regular museum programmes.
The eight halls will introduce visitors to the history of books in a didactic, entertaining and creative manner.
The first presents the past and present of the National Library, using visual resources and a small interactive architectural model.
The second hall explains the keys to the tasks carried out by librarians, a profession that would not exist if throughout History human beings had not created endless systems and supports for communication like tree trunks, turtle shells or parchment, all on show in the third hall.
The cabinets in the fourth room show 25 originals selected from the collection owned by the Library, which will be changed every three months. Several reproductions and facsimiles recreate the dissemination of books from the Mettz Codex to the Internet in the fifth hall.
Cervantes and Don Quixote are the stars of the seventh hall which houses abundant bibliographic, audiovisual and multimedia resources about the author from the Golden Age.
Finally, the last two halls -the sixth and the eighth- are devoted to different educational activities like puppets or literary workshops for children. The last hall has been designed as a Museum-Space with a video room, a small theatre and a large venue for mass events.