A Barcelona library card: discounts in more than 120 cultural sites

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A Barcelona library card is free and provides heaps of advantages. It's a real top tip, just the way we like them.

Library Card Jaume Fuster

If you are living in the Catalan capital, you may have considered joining the library. And you certainly should, as your library card entitles you to discounts in a huge number of the city’s cultural sites.

Library cards, free membership

Heaps of advantages

The Barcelona library card is completely free. It gives you access to the public libraries in Barcelona and Catalonia to borrow books, consult specialist works, join reading clubs or specific classes, use computers and also enjoy a huge number of reduced prices.

Joining municipal libraries in Barcelona

You can request a library card online by clicking here. Fill in the form, state which library you want to collect it from the next day, and you’re done! Super simple, right? Or if you prefer you can go and request a library card from the library of your choice.

  • The library card is free (issuing a replacement card costs 1 euro).
  • It does not expire.
  • All Barcelona residents can request one.
  • The library card is personal and non-transferable.

To collect your card you will need one of the following documents:

  • DNI or NIE
  • Passport
  • Driving licence
  • Residence permit

To register a child who is under 14 you will need to present their DNI or NIE as well as an authorisation from their parent or legal guardian. The child will then have access to all library services.

Associations and institutions can also request a collective card in the name of the centre.

Barcelona library card discounts

On presentation of your Barcelona library card you will be entitled to discounts in more than 120 cultural sites:

More information on discounts and reductions here!

Map of Barcelona’s municipal libraries

It’s super easy to find your nearest library. Just check out this interactive map of Barcelona’s public libraries.

Now, isn’t that a nice tip?

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Pauline loves books, food and new discoveries. For her articles, she loves finding original and authentic places which are a treat for both the eyes and the tastebuds. Her favourite thing to do in Barcelona? Getting lost in the Old Town and soaking up its unique atmosphere... whilst enjoying the appetising smells emerging from restaurant kitchens! Is there anything better than that?