If you love to visit libraries wherever you go, then Biblioteca Nacional in Madrid is a must. The building itself is beautiful and its location is just perfect, but once inside you will see that it’s not just unique and fascinating, it is interesting as well.
There is a Museum in the basement where the library’s history is on display, a place where you can find references to classic books, authors, original manuscripts, maps and photographs and other documents that are hardly found anywhere else. You will see how the book collection was obtained and how it is persevered; there is also a chronological display of all media outlets throughout the century and a small history on the building itself. You can also enjoy temporary exhibitions here, all of which refer to literature of course, and take guided tours if that is your choice. The access to the Museum is free of charge and you should register on their website.
Biblioteca Nacional is mostly for locals and Spanish speaking people in general, but I believe that is what makes it so special. Think of your visit as a way to learn more about Spanish culture and history; you will not be disappointed. And if you are like me and love books, then you are in the perfect place. I recommend checking their website prior to your visit, reading the information on reader cards and visiting hours will save you time.