National Library of Brazil locally named the Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil is a public, national library. The chief executive of the library is Helena Severo, since 2016.
Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil is the largest library of Latin America. It is ranked as the 7th largest libraries worldwide.
History of National Library of Brazill
The library was established 210 years ago, in 1810.
Location of National Library of Brazil
It is located in the capital city of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, at Cinelândia square.
Huge Collections of National Library of Brazil
Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil is the depository of the documentary and bibliographic heritage of Brazil. Its collections hold around 9 million items.
Other items include books, serials, prints, folders, manuscripts, engravings, maps, charts, records, CDs, scores, tapes, and videos.
It holds the Conde da Barca collection, with 2,365 items from the 17th-18th centuries. One of its most remarkable materials is a set of Le Grand Theatre de l' Univers, in around 125 volumes.
Among the significant collections of the library, visitors will find the Teresa Cristina Maria photograph collection, with its 21,742 photographs from the 19th century. This collection was kept via UNESCO's Memory of the World Programme Register of 2003.
Science Course of National Library of Brazil
The library is organized as the first library of science courses in Latin America.
Design of National Libary of Brazil
The building, which dates back from 1810, is amazingly designed in an eclectic style along with neoclassical elements. It makes ap part of the Triangle of Culture in Cinelandia Square, with the National Fine Arts Museum and the Municipal Theater.
Facilities of National Libary of Brazil
Library facilities are equipped with all technical requirements with glass floors in
the storage areas, steel shelves, and frames with a capacity of 400,000 volumes.
There are large reading rooms, and pneumatic tubes to transfer books from storage areas to readers. The floor plans’ configuration is presented via Annexes.