Library and Archive


The Academy’s Archive and Library contain a highly valuable documentary collection spanning over nearly three centuries. The Library includes more than one hundred thousand volumes and is one of the most important collections from the second half of the eighteenth century in Spain. Access to the Library is primarily available to History of Science and Technology scholars.

The Library catalogue is computerised and is integrated into the collective catalogue of the Consortium of University Libraries in Catalonia ( The Library is complemented by the Academy’s Historical Archive, which contains minute books, administrative documentation from the creation of the Experimental Physics and Mathematics Conference, the original manuscripts of the scientific communications from the 18th and 19th centuries presented to the Corporation by its permanent members, projects, correspondence, plans and other documents.





  • 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.


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

Tel: (+34) 93 317 05 36
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