You will have days when you want to get away from your apartment and the noise of the city, all with the aim of focusing on your studies, to end your year project or your long-awaited master’s thesis. Whatever the reason, we want to suggest you these 5 great libraries located in Madrid Center where you can find spaces for study, bibliographic source and group work areas to advance your projects.


El Retiro

Biblioteca Pública Municipal Eugenio Trías

Surely you have already walked along its endless green sidewalks, you will have sat on the shore of the lake to contemplate the sunset or you will have had a coffee in one of its small cafes, The Retiro Park is an icon of Madrid, but what you surely did not know is that in 2013 a public library was opened in this iconic park.

With a beautiful glass front facade and dedicated to the Spanish philosopher Eugenio Trías, this library has a large collection of books, newspapers and magazines where you can consult very useful information. Besides that, if you decide to visit the ground floor of this library, you will find a study space equipped with computers, free Wi-Fi connection and study cubicles.

This library is open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (closed for one hour from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.), Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

If you walk one day through the Retiro Park, do not miss the chance to visit this incredible library.


Address:Parque de El Retiro, Casa de Fieras de, P.º de Fernán Núñez, 24, 28009 Madrid



Chamberí Neighborhood

Mario Vargas Llosa Library

The center of Madrid is not only Malasaña, Chueca or Gran Vía, near to Alonzo Martines Metro there is a Library with great architectural beauty. With long tables for team work, study cubicles and computer centers, this library located in the heart of Madrid is another great option for all those who live in the area.

Another point in favor is that you do not need any ID or passport to enter to this library, it is freely accessible for everyone.

Its opening hours to the public are only from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (it closes for an hour from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.), it does not open on weekends.

After spending a few hours at the Mario Vargas Llosa Library, don’t forget to visit the Museum of Romanticism or the Museum of History of Madrid, which is located in the same area.


Address:C. de Barceló, 4, 28004 Madrid


La Latina

Iván de Vargas Municipal Public Library

La Latina, one of the most beautiful and Bohemian neighborhoods in Madrid, full of Coffee Shops, Bars, Churches, Theaters, and also a modern library located a few meters from the famous Plaza Mayor in Madrid.

With 3 large floors, La Latina’s library is a quiet place, with different study areas, free Wi-fi connection and its famous “Sala Madrid” located on the second floor, which has a collection of approximately 2500 films, e-books, travel guides, pieces of art, architecture and literature unique to the city of Madrid. It is this last aspect that has made this library so famous among students and even tourists.

Be sure to visit this unique space that will allow you to immerse yourself even more in the history and culture of Madrid.

The library opens its doors every day of the week at different times, from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. (closed for one hour from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.), on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Address: C. de San Justo, 5, 28005 Madrid



UNED Library, Escuelas Pías

Without a doubt, this is one of the most incredible libraries that you can find in Madrid Center; with large chandeliers hanging from its ceilings, brick walls, multiple floors, and huge hallways with individual sofas and study spaces. In addition, this library is well known for having a wide collection of works on Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology and Social Work, as well as free Wi-Fi in all facilities, it is a unique place in the well-known Lavapiés neighborhood of Madrid.

Don’t forget to bring your passport or ID to get your access card in minutes. In addition, the card will not only allow you to access the Lavapiés library, but also the rest of the libraries that make up the UNED conglomerate.

The Lavapiés library have a schedule from Monday to Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 p.m., closing on weekends.


Address: C. del Sombrerete, 15, 28012 Madrid



Manuel Alvar Public Library

The Manuel Alvar Library, located very close to the Diego de León Metro Station and forming part of the network of libraries of the Community of Madrid, it is an environment with individual and team work spaces, free Wi-Fi connection for its visitors and also, multiple social activities such as Book Clubs, Workshops and Exhibitions throughout the year, this allows you to connect even more with the community environment.

Add to that its 7 floors with more than 600,000 volumes, opening on holidays and special hours for students during exam seasons, it is the ideal space to consult a wide bibliographic material and with various facilities for its visitors.

The library is open all week from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Address: C. de Azcona, 42, 28028 Madrid



We hope that with this information you can find the library that you like the most during your stay in Madrid.

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