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Biblioteca Nacional de Portugal

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Address: Campo Grande 83, Lisbon 1749-081, Portugal
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+351 21 798 2000
09:30 - 19:30
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Mon - Fri 09:30 - 19:30
Sat 09:30 - 17:30

For all interested in Portuguese culture, this website introduces the...

For all interested in Portuguese culture, this website introduces the National Library of Portugal and its services, ranging from those intended for library and the book industry professionals to the activities aimed at researchers and the general public, concerning access, promotion and diffusion of the heritage held at the largest library in the country.

It is a vast and diversified heritage covering almost ten centuries of history and culture of the Portuguese society, encompassing all subjects and genres in ever growing library holdings. Thus securing a future for the past and building up a record of the present for the generations to come.

The essence of the Library lies in this heritage. Kept alive and inspiring through the multiple forms of access enabled by technologies in constant renovation that convey farther than ever before, in a globalized world, the resources of our language, history and identity.

Conservation, access and internationalization remain today, as in the past, the main lines of action in the management of the Institution, alongside increasing its social value by promoting initiatives convergent with the world of research.

In this perspective, beyond the Library for the readers we also work towards the Library with the readers. The Library not confined to making content available, but envisaged as a platform for the creation and sharing of knowledge that offers an infrastructure for the participation of the community it serves.

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Recommended for tourists who can read Portuguese

Although it's a bit out of the way from the typical tourist destinations, we enjoyed our visit to the Biblioteca Nacional. We booked a brief guided tour two weeks in advance... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 January 2014
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016

The airport is so near that you can hear every plane land and take off, its so distracting and an awful sound. Difficult to find inspiration when the decor is bland green and bare. The restaurant food downstairs is cold and I found a hair in my stragonoff. All staff are very nice and friendly which is the only reason... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015 via mobile

It is not easy to remain positive as tripadvisor guidelines require when describing this collection of Portuguese manuscripts which dares to call itself a library while yet everything is stuffed away in glass closets and the female servants act as if they outrank you, while in reality they have no translations of jules verne or James Joyce. It's a shame... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2014

Although it's a bit out of the way from the typical tourist destinations, we enjoyed our visit to the Biblioteca Nacional. We booked a brief guided tour two weeks in advance. During our visit, there were three exhibits open to the public, one on illuminated manuscripts, one of botanical prints, and one dedicated to the recently deceased Mozambique-born soccer player... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2012

Looking at the website for the BNP, it looks like a wonderful and very organised place to go and read and study. They have a section with the key information in English and make it sound like a very welcoming place. The reality couldn't be further from the truth. I went here this morning to register for a library card... More 

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