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Libraries in Madrid

Madrid has a great variety of different types of libraries, the majority of which are open to the public, thus providing a rich resource for investigative purposes for both students and other academic researchers.

When visiting these libraries it is advisable to carry with your SLU ID, as well as official identification (such as your passport, residence card or Spanish national ID) as you will often be required to show these upon entry. Such identification will also be necessary if you plan to apply for a library card when this available.

Public libraries, with exception of the National Library, will have most of their resources in Spanish. However, academic, governmental, museum and other specialized libraries will have many materials in other languages, including English. Loan privileges are available at public libraries, with the exception of the National Library. You will need to apply for a library card, which will be extended immediately in most cases. The remainder of the libraries will generally only offer reader privileges. Some libraries may require a letter of presentation in order to access their collections. To obtain this letter, contact the Library Services Office at

The hours of the libraries can be found on the individual websites; however, keep in mind that some libraries may close during evenings and on weekends, keep reduced hours during summer months or remain closed during the month of August. In addition, most university libraries may limit access to their facilities during midterm and final exam periods (usually the months of February and June).

Public Libraries

Madrid's Regional Public Libraries

Branches closest to campus:

  • Central (Main library)
    Calle Felipe el Hermoso, 4. +34 91 445 97 82
    Metro: Iglesia, Quevedo, Alonso Cano
  • Acuña
    Calle Felipe el Hermoso, 4. +34 91 541 36 19
    Metro: Iglesia, Quevedo, Alonso Cano
  • Retiro
    Calle Quintana, 9. +34 91 501 91 46
    Metro: Argüelles
  • Ruiz Egea
    Calle Raimundo Fernandez Villaverde, 6. +34 91 534 90 29
    Metro: Cuatro Caminos
  • Manuel Alvar
    Calle Azcona, 42. +34 91 726 37 01
    Metro: Diego de León
  • Pedro Salinas (Centro)
    Glorieta Puerta de Toledo, 1. +34 91 366 54 07
    Metro: Puerta de Toledo

Madrid's Public Libraries

Branches closest to campus:

  • Iván de Bargas
    Calle San Justo, 2. +34 91 758 62 11
    Metro: Sol, Latina, Opera
  • Aluche
    Calle Camarena, 10. +34 91 719 89 96
    Metro: Aluche, Laguna
  • Dámaso Alonso
    Calle Manuel Ferrero, 1. +34 91 350 31 50
    Metro: Plaza Castilla, Chamartín, Duque de Pastrana
  • Islas Filipinas
    Calle Nuestra Señora del Villar, 6. +34 91 403 63 22
    Metro: La Elipa
  • Conde Duque
    Calle Conde Duque, 9-11. +34 91 588 59 10
    Metro: Ventura Rodríguez, San Bernardo, Noviciado, Plaza de España
  • Vázquez Montalbán
    Calle Francos Rodríguez, 67. +34 91 398 07 23
    Metro: Francos Rodríguez
  • Chamartín
    Calle Mantuano, 51. +34 91 510 37 56
    Metro: Concha Espina, Prosperidad