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Bookstores in Barcelona

Written by Adriana

For all book lovers or for those who are studying in Barcelona is important to have a bookstore near if they have the overwhelming need to take a look at the new books, or if they are looking for a specific title for a research. In Barcelona there are libraries of all types to satisfy that need and locate them is useful, since in many of them, in addition to books, there are also lectures, presentations, courses and cultural activities that are worth noting in your agenda. We will mention some of the most important in Barcelona; in ShBarcelona, as always, we hope that our suggestions will be very helpful for you.

La Central: There are several locations of La Central bookstore in Barcelona but the most popular in the city is the one in El Raval, in Elisabets street, located inside an old chapel. It has more than 80,000 books and is an indisputable reference among the inhabitants of Barcelona. They also have some cultural activities there, here you can check their calendar.

Fnac: at FNAC you can find all kinds of books and take a look on them in a special space dedicated to reading, there is a floor dedicated entirely to literature and comics! Whatever you are looking for you will find it here, and you can also take a walk through their floor dedicated to film or series DVD’s, Music, or compare prices on computers, cameras and other electronic devices. The best known is the one located inside the El Triangle shopping center in Plaza Catalunya.

Laie: This library has several stores in Barcelona, three of them within several important cultural institutions, which makes them references for those seeking books related to contemporary culture, or catalogs of specific authors. In Laie there are also funny gadgets perfect for a different gift or souvenir.

Altaïr: This bookstore is specialized in guide books, maps, travel magazines, useful items for the tourist, agendas, etc. If you’re traveling and looking for a comprehensive guide, for sure you will find what you want. And if you just got to Barcelona and need a good map, you can find it here. They have a full wall of ads from people looking for travel companions, check it out!

La Casa del Libro: There are several bookstores of La Casa del Libro in Barcelona, in the mall La Maquinista, at Paseo de Gracia 62, and in Rambla de Catalunya 37. In this bookstore you can find new books of all kinds and they also sale online; take a look of their very extensive catalog of physical books and eBooks.

Alibri: This library in Balmes street is specialized in institutional orders, perfect to find books that you are looking to do a research or similar. A part of this they also offer all kinds of books in all categories .

Salas: If you’re looking for a book that is no longer sold, or an old book that is not found in any other library, see the online catalog of this historic bookstore or stop by the actual place at Jaume I street number 5 next to Plaza Sant Jaume. In addition, if you order online coming from any of their social networks you will get a 20% discount on your purchase.

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Adriana is a writer, content & community manager, web designer, media analyst and tireless traveler.

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