• Archivo de Villa

    The archive is first mentioned in a Royal Provision of Charles I (1525), although the three keyed chest (Medieval deposit of the Madrilenian scrolls) is mentioned frequently in records from as early as the 15th century. The archive received its definitive organisation in the 18th century. It was appointed to the first professional archivist in 1748, the first regulations and instructions for its functioning were approved in 1753 and a Royal Decree in 1781 declared it a ‘public office.’

    In 1844 it was opened up for research. It has been moved three times, first from the Plaza de la Villa  (17th century – 1868), to the ‘Bakery House’ (Casa Panadería) in the Plaza Mayor (1868-1987) and finally to the barracks of the Conde Duque (1987 – present day). The oldest of the archive’s documents dates back to 1152, and the most recent to the present day. The custody of the collection has never been endangered, despite it having lived through many monumental historical events.

    The archive’s documents occupy eighteen kilometres of shelving and include documents from Madrid city council and from several old towns that were annexed in the 20th century, as well as from private archives and collections. All municipal activities, from the 12th century until the present day, are mentioned in the archive’s scrolls and papers.

    • 1. Archivo de Villa
      © Paco Gómez

    • 2. Archivo de Villa
      © Paco Gómez

    • 3. Archivo de Villa
      © Paco Gómez

    Address
    Conde Duque, 9 y 11
    Telephone
    915 885 761
    Email
    archivovilla@madrid.es
    Opening times
    Monday – Friday, 9.00 – 14.30
    Useful information
    To access documents a DNI or other authorized form of ID must be presented. Access to documents may be limited according to their state of conservation or due to applicable legislation.

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  • Biblioteca Digital memoriademadrid

    Madrid’s Digital Memory Library (Biblioteca Digital memoriademadrid) was created to circulate via the internet, and facilitate public access to, the rich historical and cultural history of Madrid that the city council conserves through its various institutions.

    To do this, the Library makes publicly available in digital format. They come from the various organisations within the city council that help to maintain Madrid’s cultural memory. The municipal newspaper library, town archive, history library, History Museum, municipal printing press and the Victor Espinós Library are the principal sources from which the library has created its digital collection. It contains almost two million images, which serve to display the city’s memory. Through collaboration and cooperation, the library also strives to integrate them with other projects of a similar nature, both on national and international levels.

    These objectives affirm the need to publicise and diffuse the project as much as possible, without limiting its reach to solely an academic or research-driven audience.

    The library hopes to open a door to the memory of the city, that everybody will be able to access.

    Circulation and awareness are two of the library’s firmest commitments. In this way, it aims to open up Madrid’s documented heritage to all citizens, whether they are curious casual visitors, or scholars of the city’s history. The ultimate intention is to enable our visitors to access this collection of digital reproductions of our resources in a form that simulates, as much as is possible, the direct physical experience.

    • 1. Digitalization of Documents
      © Paco Gómez

    • 2. Digitalization of Documents
      © Paco Gómez

    • 3. Digitalization of Documents
      © Paco Gómez

    Address
    www.memoriademadrid.
    es C/ Conde Duque, 9-11 (North Terrace, 2nd Floor)
    Telephone
    91 480 02 55
    Contact
    bdigitalmemoria@madrid.es
    Opening times
    8.00 – 15.30
    Useful information
    The library offers an entirely virtual service, except for special circumstances when guided tours are given.
    www.memoriademadrid
    .es

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  • Biblioteca Histórica Municipal

    The Municipal History Library of Madrid is a library that specialises in local, Madrilenian resources. It conserves a bibliographic collection of great patrimonial significance. It contains a very diverse typology, with almost 222,000 volumes of manuscripts and printed documents dating from the 15th to the 21st centuries. Notable texts within the collection include twenty three signed allegorical plays by Pedro Calderón de la Barca and the ‘Madrid’ and ‘Theatre and Stage Music,’ collections, among others. Other unique collections have been acquired by the library, either as purchases or donations, such as: ‘Literature From The First Part of The 20th Century’ and ‘Study of Proverbs.’ These acquisitions have made the institution a key reference point on such subject matters.

    During its varied history, from when it was founded in 1876 as the Municipal Library, it has performed the functions of a library service: Education on, and expanding of, its bibliographic collection, as well as its conservation and circulation.

    For almost a century after its initial founding the library was a general public library, aiming its services at the general public. In 1990 the Municipal Library was then divided into two parts: A public library and a history library. This is when what is now known as The Municipal History Library of Madrid began to specialise in collections of its own, focused on older texts. Its role of conserver and custodian of the municipal bibliographic heritage gained strength, and so it became a research centre and indispensable source of many academic works, both national and foreign.

     

    • 1. Biblioteca Histórica Municipal
      © Paco Gómez

    • 2. Biblioteca Histórica Municipal
      © Paco Gómez

    • 3. Biblioteca Histórica Municipal
      © Paco Gómez

    Address
    C/ Conde Duque, 11. Patio Central, Planta 2ª
    Telephones
    915885737 / 915885756
    Email
    bibliotecah@madrid.es
    Opening times
    Monday – Friday, 8.30 – 14.30 h

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  • Biblioteca Pública Conde Duque

    The Conde Duque Public Library (Biblioteca Pública Conde Duque) forms part of the extensive network of Municipal Public Libraries. The centre is the result of an extension and renovation of the old Conde Duque Central Library (Biblioteca Central Conde Duque).

    With its wide range of resources and services, the library offers Madrilenians various means of access to information, knowledge, culture and entertainment. The centre offers the following facilities: Lending out of books and audiovisual material, reading and meeting rooms, public internet access, a Wifi zone, bibliographic catalogues and information, user training, entertainment activities, photocopying, and more.

    The library offers more than 200 reading posts and 32 internet access points.

    • 1. Biblioteca Pública Conde Duque
      © Paco Gómez

    • 2. Biblioteca Musical Víctor Espinós
      © Paco Gómez

    • 3. Biblioteca Musical Víctor Espinós

    Address
    Conde Duque, 9
    Telephones
    91 588 57 96 / 91 480 13 57 / 91 480 14 60
    Email
    bpcondeduque@madrid.es
    Opening times
    Monday – Friday, 8.30 – 21.00

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  • Biblioteca Musical Víctor Espinós

    Founded in 1919, it is a centre that is dedicated to the dissemination and promotion of music education. From its very beginning, the library has had a distinct character, which emphasises services to the public and the welcoming of all types of users.

    In 1932 the library pioneered an instrument lending service, with the aim of facilitating musical studies for those with scarce economic resources. The centre’s collection is, in terms of both quality and rarity, one of the most important collections in both Madrid and the entire country, especially in terms of Spanish music.

    Parts of the collection, available for lending out or for viewing within the library, which stand stand out include, treaties, biographies, and other books about music theory, practice, composers and performers, a well-stocked department of study, solfeggio and harmony methods, as well as other educational works, and musical scores for a large variety of instruments, styles and periods. The library also has to offer both old and modern reviews and periodicals, music recordings and videos, concert programmes, posters and information about the musical life of our city and, as its truly exceptional pieces, a collection of musical scores that are based on El Quijote.

    The library offers the following services: Bibliographic catalogues and information, book and music score reading rooms, lending out of books and music scores, photocopying, lending out of musical instruments, individual and group rehearsal cabins, music video viewing cabins and a listening room.

    The library offers 30 reading posts.

    • 1. The Music Cabins in the Biblioteca Musical Víctor Espinós
      © Paco Gómez

    Address
    Conde Duque, 9

    Telephone
    91 588 57 51 / 55 / 39

    Email
    bibliomusical@madrid.es

    Opening times
    Lun-Vie de 8:30 a 21h

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  • Hemeroteca Municipal

    The Municipal Newspaper Library (Hemeroteca Municipal), founded  in 1916, was inaugurated in 1918 in the old Slaughter House (Casa de la Carnicería) in the Plaza Mayor. The library’s collection grew quickly with numerous acquisitions, as well as notable deposits and donations from both private sources and official entities. During the second Spanish Republic, this important collection acquired well-deserved recognition both in Spain and abroad. During the civil war it grew even more as it collected publications from the two contending sides. In 1983 it was moved from the Town Square to the restored barracks of the Royal Guard Corps, currently known as Conde Duque.

    The library holds almost 250,000 volumes, corresponding to 25,000 titles. There are records and information dating back to the 16th century, and newspapers dating back to the 17th century, when the newspaper press was first used. There are many publications from the 18th and 19th centuries, the Restoration and both Republics.

    From 1966 onwards, because of resource constraints, the library was restricted to the reception of publications that have been edited in Madrid, that form the largest part of the collection. However, the library continues to conserve valuable titles that come from other areas of Spain, Latin America and various European countries.

    In 1949 the library opened a microfilm reproduction service, the first in Spain. In 1992 it also opened Spain’s first microform reading room. In 1986, systematic microfilming of the collection began and in 1998 the digitalisation process began, facilitating the access and circulation of this rich collection via the internet.

    The library frequently organises cultural activities, including guided visits, which can be varied according to the visitor’s background and interests. After another relocation, on December 23rd 2011 the library opened the doors of its new facilities on the Conde Duque’s North Patio.

    The library has also incorporated into its services the ability to reference other virtual newspaper libraries and digital presses. All of the library’s rooms have WiFi connection.

    • 1. Hemeroteca Municipal
      © Paco Gómez

    • 2. Hemeroteca Municipal
      © Paco Gómez

    • 3. Hemeroteca Municipal
      © Paco Gómez

    Address
    Conde Duque, 9 y 11
    Telephone
    91 588 57 71
    Opening times
    Monday – Friday, 9.00 – 21.00
    Useful information
    People over the age of eighteen who hold a Public Library Network card (carné de la Red de Bibliotecas Públicas) or a temporary pass – available on presentation of DNI or passport.

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  • Museo de Arte Contemporáneo

    Like many other national and foreign contemporary art museums, a historic building has been used to house Madrid city council’s contemporary art collection. This is in accordance with an ambitious complete refurbishment plan for the building, which will improve its cultural services and other uses. The Municipal Museum of Contemporary Art of Madrid (MAC) holds contemporary art works that Madrid’s city council has been acquiring since 1980. The museum is located on Conde Duque’s Central Patio, taking up three floors with an area of close to 3,633m², entirely designated to public activities and visitors. This new contemporary art museum, inaugurated in November, 2001, has two main objectives: Firstly, to create a permanent focus point for Madrid’s contemporary art heritage, and secondly to find a complementing bias with Madrid’s existing contemporary art collections, all within a central axis of the city’s historical museums.

    The Museum of Contemporary Art’s collection is principally made up of paintings, sculptures, photography, drawings and graphic works that chronologically span from the historical avant-garde of the early 20th century to the present day.

    The museum is currently closed for the execution of building works that were planned during Conde Duque’s master plan, 2004-2012. During its closure, fundamental plans have also been made to reorder the museum’s collections. This plan has the title, ‘The Order of the Collection;’ it aims to include in the permanent display a wider selection of the museum’s collections, especially works of photography, graphics, drawings and sculptures. Most importantly, as a relevant and fundamental piece that identifies MAC in its new age, the office of the avant-garde writer Ramón Gómez de la Serna, will also be opened up and converted into a centre of study and documentation of the historical avant-garde.

    • 1. Estudiantes de nubes, 1999. Oil on Canvas.
      160 x 300 cm
      © Gonzalo Sicre

    • 2. Dos mundos (sobre un tiempo de la vida), 1998. Tempera on Canvas. 141 x 200 cm © Guillermo Pérez Villalta

    • 3. Vidas paralelas, 2000. Acrylic on Canvas. 130 x 195 cm © Herminio Molero

    Address
    Conde Duque, 9 y 11
    Telephone
    91 588 59 28
    Email
    mmacmdifusion
    @madrid.es
    Información de interés
    Currently, the museum is temporarily closed

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  • Diffusion Spaces

    Exhibition Rooms
    Conde Duque’s four exhibition rooms are situated around the South Terrace (lower floor and basement). They can be used independently or as interconnected spaces. During refurbishment, the exhibition space was one of the areas that was most significantly altered; before the renovations in 2005 Conde Duque had 3,012 m² of exhibition space, whereas it currently boasts 5,929 m². All of the rooms on the lower floor can also be opened out onto the South Terrace to further expand their exhibition spaces.

    Auditorium
    The Conde Duque Auditorium has undergone a complete reformation with the aim of creating a space that is modern and versatile. It is a place dedicated to music, which is intended to be both a lively space and a musical reference point in Madrid. The refurbishment has significantly improved the auditorium’s technical, functional and formal characteristics. Total area of 1,301.58 m²  and 260 seat capacity (of which, two are for spectators using wheel chairs and two for their companions). There is also additional capacity for 70 people in the choir seats, which are unnumbered benches.

    Theatre
    Conde Duque houses a performance space that is characterised by its versatility and technical equipment, making it ideal for both theatre and dance performances. With a floor space of 2,093m², it offers a perfect area for creativity from an open perspective to all performance disciplines. It is especially apt for the world of dance, offering a great opportunity to Madrid’s dance companies to carry on developing the city’s dance scene. 251 seat capacity (of which, two are for spectators using wheel chairs and two for their companions).

    The Events Room and The Learning Room
    The Events Room is characterised by its versatility and is located above the main foyer, from which it has direct access. It can hold 287 seat capacity (of which, two are for spectators using wheel chairs and two for their companions) and functions in support of the centre’s entire programme. The Learning Room is situated on the second floor and is used for workshops, meetings and conferences that require a more intimate space (the Learning Room can hold up to 70 people). The light-filled, glass-walled room is parallel to Conde Duque Street (calle Conde Duque) on the South Terrace, next to the upper part of the Events Room. It contains projection equipment, which lends audiovisual support to the activities which take place in the room.

    Rehearsal Rooms
    Conde Duque has two large rehearsal rooms, one for theatre rehearsal and one for dance. Although they complement the theatre, they have been designed in such a way that they can be used independently, with separate access and dressing rooms. Both rehearsal rooms are located in the southern side of the South Terrace, on the first floor.

    • 1. Room 2
      © Paco Gómez

    • 2. Auditorium
      © Paco Gómez

    • 3. Theatre
      © Paco Gómez

    • 4. The Events Room
      © Paco Gómez

    • 5. Rehearsal Room
      © Paco Gómez

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