Whatever reasons you have for coming to Barcelona, you may want to discover one or more of its most beautiful libraries. Whether you want to take a reading break between two visits, study or work there, some libraries in Catalonia's capital are worth a visit. To immerse yourself in the soothing atmosphere of these unique places, the first thing to do is to book your Renfe-SNCF in Cooperation train tickets—that is the easiest, most pleasant and ecological way to travel between France and Spain.
The Library of Catalonia
One of the country's most important libraries, it houses hundreds of unique books and collections - Photos from its Facebook page
Located in the building of the former Santa Creu Hospital, Carrer de l'Hospital, 56, this library, which houses more than 3.7 million books, is unique. Full of history, its architecture retains all the charm of the 15th century. Furthermore, it was one of the libraries whose doors remained open the longest during the Spanish Civil War.
The Jaume Fuster Library
Located at Place de Lesseps, 20, the Jaume Fuster Library is a modern, innovative and avant-garde building designed by the architect Josep Llinàs. It opened to the public in 2005 and has many artworks inherited from the Antoni Julià Library in Capmany. It bears the name of a writer who was part of the Association of Catalan Language Writers who contributed to bringing gender novels in Catalan to the public.
The Arús Library
The Arús Library not only some of Spain's oldest books, but also many anecdotes about the history of the city - photos from Wikipedia
This impressive library, founded in 1895 with more than 20,000 books, resulted from a donation by writer and philosopher Rossend Arús. He wanted a library to be built to serve as a reference for students, researchers, and for any citizen who wished to learn. One of its particularities is the series of secrets that it houses... Go to the Passeig de Sant Joan, 26, and discover its replica of the Statue of Liberty or its books on freemasonry...
The Sant Pau-Santa Creu Library
Its location is its peculiar trait: Carrer del Carme, 47. It is located at a unique historical site—it used to be part of the Old Hospital of Santa Creu, which was transferred to the present-day Hospital of Sant Pau.
The UPF Library or "El Diposit de les Aiguas"
As its Catalan name suggests, this library is located in the old water tank of the city of Barcelona. Built in 1874, from 1993 to 1999 this place was completely refurbished and transformed into a library. Located at Carrer de Ramon Trias Fargas, 25, 27, this unusual library, which invites to you to relax, was also used as a pavilion during the 1929 Barcelona International Exposition.
The Sagrada Familia Library
Located near the building that bears his name, to a variety of books and the latest audiovisual technology - Photos from his Facebook page
Founded in 2007, this four-story library, with a modern, futuristic design, located at Carrer de Provença, 480, houses more than 85,000 books in many formats that are intended for all audiences. In addition, it holds art exhibitions that invite you to escape from the crowd and the noise of the streets surrounding the Sagrada Familia Library to enjoy its calm environment and cultural events.