Biblioteca Publica Municipal do Porto

Biblioteca Publica Municipal do Porto

Biblioteca Publica Municipal do Porto
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In 1833, the Municipal Library of Porto was founded by decree of D. Pedro IV, and initially it was located in Cordoaria. The Library was installed in this building only in 1842, after some adjustments. It is much appreciated for its special funds, from Middle Ages to the present day.
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Thomas V
Oakland, CA16,444 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
It used to be a convent but now is the major city library. A big white stucco building set on a very pretty park, worth seeing.
Written 5 May 2022
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The_Loup_Garou
Phoenix, AZ1,66,245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2018 • Couples
In mid-September, we explored the Biblioteca Publica Municipal do Porto – the Public Library. From the exterior, this mid-1800's building is not that distinctive, but the interior courtyard is another completely different story. The courtyard is a grassy plaza, surrounded by a colonnaded walkway, connecting the various interior rooms, and departments of the Biblioteca, and is architecturally beautiful, and also serene.

The Biblioteca Publica Municipal do Porto is situated directly across from the lovely Jardim de São Lázaro, on Passeio de São Lázaro, and Rua de Dom João IV.

Our driver/guide informed us that it was a great resource for historical research, and though we did not tour the actual facilities, we did spend time in that interior courtyard. That alone, made this a “must-see” location, even if the exterior architecture is not that exciting.
Written 5 May 2019
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777jmb
Cambridge, MA162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2018 • Couples
We found a description of the library in a 1908 Baedeker guide recommending the site. It was converted to a library about 60 years before that was written and now has settled into that life and doesn’t seem to register in 2018 as it did in 1908. But if you’re in Portugal and have the time it’s worth the visit — especially if you like a mix of modern use mixed in with some
architectural antiquity.
Written 6 August 2018
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lorrainem1957
Bidford-on-Avon, UK352 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Couples
Quite unique in an old convent cloisters still there but with glass panels, interesting old mathematic and astronomy books. A copy of every book ever written in Porto housed at this library. Also a very interesting staircase which influenced Harry Potter writer, well worth a visit .
Written 17 July 2018
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Mscoachbeth
London, UK106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
We just happened upon this place and wouldn't have gone in except for professional curiosity as myself and my friend have both worked in libraries. We were so glad we did! It was incredibly beautiful with murals from the time it was monastery/ You were free to walk around the internal courtyard and throughout the library. Definitely a lovely spot and it would be a nice place to rest and seek peace if you felt tired of sight seeing. There was also a children's' section so if you had kids, you could have a break while they played in the children's library.
Written 20 March 2018
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Karen N
Porto, Portugal35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
The library is housed in an 18th c. convent and it is beautiful. A lovely small plaza is surrounded with gorgeous azuelos. Peace and quiet indeed. Haven't taken an official tour, but it is on my list. The library itself is small, but it has plenty of seats for a weary traveler and free wifi! I go there just to relax. Also an online catalog that they are actively working on to include all of their holdings. Many of these are not online, but the staff is very helpful.
Written 11 March 2018
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esauboeck
Pasadena, CA11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Couples
I am amazed to read the review that so trashed this place. As a librarian myself, I have never seen such an opulent building for a public library, and a library that has been one since 1833! A former convent, the walls are covered in 18th-century (and earlier) tiles. When we were there, a really thoughtful exhibition about a Portuguese literary magazine was on display, which included English translations, and the front desk has an explanatory sheet in English. In another room, an exhibit of Portuguese authors was enlightening, even though I have little Portuguese. Remember, it IS geared toward a local audience, and so has no reason to strive to please tourists by speaking English. We nerdy sorts thought it was well worth the visit.
Written 26 May 2017
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Joana B
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Business
Extremely unfriendly and burocratic staff who have no idea what they are doing there and what a library is for. You will spend some time figuring out by yourself where you can finally sit down to work or study, if you find a place to plug in your computer. If you need a book, simply give it up! If you are there just to visit the biulding, well, it´s not worth it.
Written 31 March 2017
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Roberta V
Rho, Italy6,253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Solo
The Royal Public Library of Porto, founded on 9 July 1833 at the behest of D. Pedro IV during the intense liberal struggles, represents an important cultural heritage. Since 1842, it has found its home in the former Convent of Santo António da Cidade, a majestic 18th-century building that has enjoyed the status of an asset of public interest since 1972.
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Written 20 January 2024
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