Colombian National Library

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Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Colombian National Library is the oldest on its category in Latin America. It was founded on the last quarter of the eighteenth century, in 1777, during the government administration of the viceroy Manuel de Guirior. Its first set of bibliographic assets comprised the collection that belonged to the Jesuit priests. The library also holds particular collections that belonged to important Colombian people, it is worth mentioning the following: Anselmo Pineda, Joaquín Acosta, Manuel Ancízar, José Celestino Mutis, José María Quijano Otero, Rufino José Cuervo, Marco Fidel Suárez, Miguel Antonio Caro, Eduardo Santos and more recently the donation made by Germán Arciniegas, and the purchase of libraries by Horacio Rodríguez Plata and Fernando Arbeláez. The library also has 30,000 rare and curious books published between the fifteenth and the eighteenth centuries, which are an important source for the country’s historical and cultural research.


The library occupies today the building of the San Carlos Palace, the House of the Classrooms, and the current four-story headquarters, which was opened in 1938. The first one holds the general reading, card index, exhibition, music, and indexation rooms, among others. The second one holds the newspaper and periodicals library and research floor; and the third and the fourth hold the book storage and administrative offices.


The Library offers services of legal publication storage, exchange of official publications, guided tours, user ID, photogram playback, work Xeroxing, and photographing or video recording of works.

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