Barcelona prepares to host the largest state library in Spain

Barcelona prepares to host the largest state library in Spain

Barcelona begins an ambitious and transcendental project: the construction of the largest library in Spain and one of the largest in Europe. This milestone in the cultural landscape will not only add a valuable asset to the city’s network of public libraries, but will also consolidate its position as a literary epicenter of international renown.

Although the first discussions on this project date back to 1996, its realization has been delayed for several decades due to negotiations and technical adjustments. Now, however, in 2024, the dream of having a library of monumental proportions is about to become a reality.

Barcelona will have the largest library in Spain

The site chosen for this majestic library is an emblematic location: next to the Gare de France, in an area that breathes history and movement. The project will be in charge of the prestigious Nitidus Arquitectes studio, which has designed a building that will not only be a beacon of knowledge, but also an architectural landmark in the city.

With a total surface area of 18,000 square meters, of which 16,300 will be for practical use, the Barcelona State Public Library will be a vast treasure trove of wisdom. With a capacity to house approximately 660,000 volumes, this institution will be a true paradise for lovers of reading and research.

But the library will be much more than a repository for books. It will have two auditoriums, an exhibition hall and thematic spaces that will enrich the visitors’ experience. In addition, it is envisioned to become a dynamic cultural center, offering programs and activities that promote reading and literacy in the community.

A monumental library

Although no official date has yet been set for the start of construction, it is estimated that the library will be operational between 2027 and 2031. This means that the citizens of Barcelona will have to wait a few more years to fully enjoy this literary treasure, but the wait will undoubtedly be worth it.

The creation of this monumental library will not only enrich Barcelona’s cultural landscape, but will also reinforce its position as a renowned literary city.

Since earning the title of UNESCO City of Literature in 2015, Barcelona has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to promoting reading and literature, and the State Public Library will be another milestone on this literary journey.

The construction of the largest library in Spain in Barcelona is a project that has been decades in the making, but is finally taking shape. When it opens its doors, it will be an exceptional space of knowledge and culture, a monument to the importance of literature in our lives and a testament to Barcelona’s commitment to the intellectual enrichment of its citizens.