1. Biblioteca Nacional
The library was founded by King Philip V of Spain in 1712 as the Palace Public Library (Biblioteca Pública de Palacio). The Royal Letters Patent that he granted, the predecessor of the current legal deposit requirement, made it mandatory for printers to submit a copy of every book printed in Spain to the library. In 1836, the library’s status as Crown property was revoked and ownership was transferred to the Ministry of Governance (Ministerio de la Gobernación). At the same time, it was renamed the Biblioteca Nacional.
The National Library acts as the custodian of every publication produced in Spain. It receives and stores copies of all the books published in our country. It also holds an extremely valuable collection of incunabula, manuscripts, illustrations, drawings, photographs, audio recordings, musical scores, etc.
2. Instituto Cervantes
The Cervantes Institute is a public entity created in 1991 in Spain whose main purpose is to promote the teaching, learning and use of Spanish language, and to spread the culture of the countries and peoples of the Hispanic community all over the world. The Instituto Cervantes libraries constitute the largest network of Spanish libraries in the world, with more than 1.300.000 items, and they are an important point of reference about the culture and literature of Spain and Latin America.
The Instituto Cervantes Library Network is a place where people can find information about any aspect of Spanish culture or the teaching and learning of Spanish as a foreign language. It is also a place for cooperation, and libraries usually work together with cultural and educational institutions in each country where they are located.
In their libraries they speak in more than 55 languages, live together with different cultural habits and they are geographically distributed into the 5 continents with different levels of development (technological, academic, etc.). So that, to manage this diversity, they have 3 basic principles: technology, flexibility and autonomy in their libraries.
3. Reina Sofía Museum
The MNCARS museum is located in the old General Hospital built by the architect Sabatini under the orders of Charles III of Spain, and was designated a Historic-Artistic Monument in 1977. It is home to one of the world’s most highly-prized permanent collections. It was opened in 1990 and the Nouvel building, built by Jean Nouvel, in September of 2005.
Library and Documentation Center is responsible for providing documentary support to both its own experts and to researchers and students, and for facilitating access to its collections, which are comprised of a series of specialised materials on the subject of Contemporary Art.