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Biblioteca Pública Arús

BCN’s most beautiful library

Edifici d'habitatges al passeig Sant Joan, 26 (Barcelona)

In 1887, book-loving textile merchant, playwright and Catalan language promoter Rossend Arús i Arderiu left funds in his will for a public library, and it opened with great fanfare in 1895, with three bands and a choir and thousands in attendance. In 1939, it was shut down, and not reopened until 1967.

After Franco’s death, it accepted a whole range of donations from Freemasons, workers and anarchists.

Biblioteca Pública Arús, situada al Passeig Sant Joan de Barcelona

The librart boasts Joan Proubasta’s Sherlock Holmes collection, donated in 2011, the most important private collection dedicated to Sherlock Holmes in Spain and one of the 10 most important in the world.

Biblioteca Pública Arús (Barcelona, Catalonia)

Visitors are greeted with a miniature copy of the Statue of Liberty.

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Passeig de Sant Joan 26

Open: Mon, Wed, Fri 10am—3pm, Tues & Thurs 3.30—8.30pm. Guided tours (€12) in English at 10am Tues and Sat can be arranged through the Cases Singulars

+34 932 56 59 50


Metro: Arc de Triomf or Tetuan


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Text © Dana Facaros & Michael Pauls

Images by Enric, Kippelboy, Literat Tours