Biblioteca nacional

Biblioteca Nacional is located in downtown Santiago, next to Cerro Santa Lucia.

Biblioteca Nacional is located in downtown Santiago, next to Cerro Santa Lucia.

The Biblioteca Nacional is the national library: an imposing building of French style that occupies a complete block right next to the Cerro Santa Lucía and in the middle of downtown Santiago. It lodges more than three million titles and is one of the greater libraries of South America. Its interior is a labyrinth constituted by diverse sections, like the newspaper library, the map library, the historical archives, the critic’s references room, the reading halls, the Crystal Gallery and other exhibition  halls. Of great attractive it is the Medina room, beautiful space that conserves the Indians forms collection most important of Latin America.

In the middle of 1813,  Juan Egaña, Antonio Perez and Agustín Eyzaguirre, decided to found the first public library of Chile. In July 22th of 1823, by governmental decree, fray Camilo Henríquez was designated first librarian and Jose Miguel de la Barra, second librarian. The building was constructed between 1913 and 1924 by the architect Gustavo Garcia del Postigo. The construction finished in 1925, when it definitively opened its doors to visitors.

Reserve for guided visits, the entrance is free, although identification documents are needed to see any material.