Discover the most important libraries in Barcelona

An interesting guide to the best libraries in Barcelona for all audiences you can’t miss


Barcelona is one of the cities that has the most public libraries in Spain. And so it should come as no surprise that many foreign students who come to the Catalan capital every year are determined to spend time learning outside the university classrooms in these fantastic public libraries scattered throughout  the city.

For that reason, today in Xior Diagonal Besos we bring you an interesting post with the best libraries in Barcelona, for all tastes and themes, which you can not miss during your academic stay. Take note!

Welcome to a new chapter of our blog for foreign students in Barcelona!


Joan Miró Library

The Joan Miró library is connected to 100% conceptual art. Imagine feeling like you are inside a boat in the middle of the city, because here you can make it a reality with the feeling that you are sailing through the seas of knowledge.

In addition, located within a beautiful park with fantastic views that gives it a more welcoming atmosphere. Here you will find a large collection of Catalan publishers and publications on the Catalan artist Joan Miró.


La Fraternitat Library – Barceloneta

Anchored in the heart of the Barceloneta district, there is also an architectural jewel in the city with a lot of history. Located in a building with a surprising modernist style and with more than 100 years of history.

In its beginnings it was a working-class cooperative and later it became a library for the people of the neighborhood. It has collections on catering and hospitality, as well as classical literature in many languages.


Sant Pau-Santa Creu Library

It is located in the heart of the Raval and it´s over 75 years old. It is characterized by being a library with personality and a lot of history. During the dictatorship of Francoism, authentic catalan books were hidden here so local people could read them without the authorities knowing.

You can also find many publications on the Arab world and Indian subcontinent, among other foreign cultures, which demonstrates the variety of cultures that coexists in this neighborhood.


Francesca Bonnemaison Library

It is an old library, the first created in Europe exclusively for women. A unique place of its kind that began as a space for cultural access to all the women of the city.

Later, it was moved to another place and was named after its founder, Francesca Bonnemasion. This library is certainly a reference for feminism and for book lovers.


Sofia Barat Library

This library is one of the oldest in the city. Here you can find publications of all genres for all tastes, highlighting the publications of spiritual medicine and contemporary art.

In addition, if you want to know the history of the life of the Eixample, here you can deepen everything linked to the neighborhood and its beginnings.


Xavier Benguerel Library

An ideal corner for all film lovers in Barcelona, as here you will find a large collection of magazines, books, special publications connected exclusively with this wonderful art. In its facilities, you will enjoy a very bright place that has a space full of harmony where you want to stay and read with total tranquility.


We hope that with this post you have learned a little more about the most important libraries in Barcelona that you can not miss. And remember that in Xior we want your stay in the city of Barcelona to be an experience for a lifetime and that is why we want to become for you the best student accommodation in Barcelona. If you want to keep up with all our latest news and promotions, we invite you to follow us on  Instagram.

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