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Good reasons to get a library card in Barcelona

Written by Christine

Imagine having a card that not only gives you access to free books, music and movies, but also gets you discounts and access to places and events all over Barcelona. Sounds pretty good, right? Well what if this card was something as simple as a library card to Barcelona’s public libraries? If you’re living in Barcelona and haven’t already done so, you should consider getting yourself a library card, which has so many benefits. Getting a card is a simple process that only takes a couple of minutes. All you need to do is bring a copy of your padrón which shows your current address, to prove that you live in Barcelona, to your closest library. From there all you have to do is fill out an application and you’re all set! You’ll have your bright, shiny new library card to open up so many new and exciting possibilities for you in Barcelona.

Access to libraries

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First and foremost, your library card gives you access to all of the public libraries in Barcelona. This includes all of the neighborhood libraries, as well as the historic ones marveled at for their beauty and architecture, such as Arús and Jaume Fuster. As a cardholder you have access to all of the materials in the various libraries, including print, audiovisual, and music. Libraries also offer a relaxing place to get some work or studying done without any distractions. Click here to find a complete list of all the public libraries in Barcelona, including the one closest to you.

Related article: The Arús Public Library

Discounts at museums and cultural events

Besides offering you the key to a wealth of information, having a library card is also a great way to save money while exploring all that Barcelona has to offer. Many of the city’s most popular museums, such as the MACBA, Picasso Museum, and CosmoCaixa offer discounts to residents of Barcelona who have a card. This also includes special exhibits, expositions, and cultural events that are held at these museums and other public buildings throughout the year. Discounts to all these places add up over time, and its a great way to get to know every corner of the city on the cheap!

Related article: CCCB’s cool secret library

Discounts at festivals and attractions

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In addition to museums, you can use your library card to get into some of the top festivals and tourist attractions in Barcelona. Your card will get you discounts at some of the most popular festivals, like Festival Grec and DocsBarcelona, to name just a couple. Take your card to Tibidabo, Poble Espanyol, or the aquarium for even further savings on entrance fees. Apply for your card at your local library now to start taking advantage of all the amazing things it has to offer!

Do you know of any other advantages to having a library card in Barcelona? Let us know in the comments section below!

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About the author


Christine is a traveler, teacher, writer, and beach-lover, exploring Barcelona one tapa at a time!

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