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.


C/ Conde Duque, 11. Patio Central, Planta 2ª
915885737 / 915885756
Opening times
Monday – Friday, 8.30 – 14.30 h