Library and Archive

The collection of the Library of the Royal Academy of Sciences and Arts of Barcelona is a unique resource and of great importance for the study of the history of the Catalan and Spanish science, particularly of the interesting second half of the XVIII century.

The total number of items, comprised of monographs, reprints, maps and serial publications, is approximately 36,000, which represents an estimated equivalent of 130,000 volumes.

The Library is complemented by the Historic Archive of the Academy, which contains the Book of Minutes, the documentation from the founding of the Physico-mathematical Council, the original manuscripts of the scientific communications from the XVIII and XIX centuries presented to the Academy by its membres, projects, correspondence, architectural plans, etc.

At present, it is worth highlighting the importance of the bibliographical collection generated by the activities of the Academy itself or procedent from the donations of members and collaborators of the Academy.



Web of Science


  • Monday – Thursday 16:00 – 19:00. Wednesday 10:00 to 13:00 and 16:00 to 19:00.
  • Summer opening hours: Monday to Thursday from 10:00 to 13:00.
  • The Library is closed on August.


  • Consultation in the Reading Room.
  • Bibliographical information.
  • Photocopies*, Scanner*
*Will be made on request and depending on the document, it´s state of conservation and in accordance with copyright regulations. The library reserves the right not to photocopy certain documents.


The nature of this library is private, however it is open on certain conditions to investigators interested in its documentary resources and archive.
Access is Restricted. In order to gain access a membership card has to be obtained, and shown prior to the entrance.


Adreça postal:
Biblioteca de la Reial Acadèmia de Ciències i Arts
Rambla dels Estudis, 115
08002 - Barcelona

fax: (34) 93 304 31 28
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