This museum, whose aim is to promote the importance of books throughout history, comprises eight rooms. As well as conserving original manuscripts, the library allows visitors to learn about the work of librarians and reveals the secrets of Miguel de Cervantes. The National Library aims to contribute to the city’s culture by offering public educational activities which are difficult to find in standard museum programmes.
Walking through the eight rooms, visitors can learn about the history of books in an educational, entertaining and creative way. The first room presents the past and present of the library, with the aid of visual devices and a small interactive architectural model. The second room explains the key tasks of a librarian’s job. The third room is a compendium of the various media used throughout history to write down our thoughts: from tree bark and tortoise shells to parchment. The glass cases in the fourth room display 25 original manuscripts from the Library’s archive, which are changed every three months. In the fifth room, reproductions and facsimiles illustrate how books spread across the world, from the Metz Codex to the Internet. Cervantes and Don Quixote are the protagonists of the seventh room, which brings together abundant bibliographic, audiovisual and multimedia resources dealing with the most famous writer of Spain’s Golden Age. Finally, in the remaining rooms – 6 and 8 – various educational activities, such as puppet shows and literary workshops for children, take place.
Exhibitions and museum: Tue – Sat: 10.00am – 8.00pm / Sunday and public holidays: 10.00am - 2.00pm
Guided tours (booking required):
Individual: Tue – Fri: 5.00pm / Sat 12.00 noon
Groups: Tue – Fri: 11.00am – 2.00pm (Museum only) / Tue: 5.30pm / Wed – Thur: 5.00pm
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