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National Library of Catalonia – Pic of the Week

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In September I attended the International Association of Law Libraries’ (IALL) annual course on international law and legal information.  This year’s course, Catalan Law and Legal Information in a Global Context, was held in Barcelona, Spain.

In addition to a full schedule of lectures by legal experts in Catalan law, there were several site visits.  One was to the National Library of Catalonia (NLC).  The library is housed in the Gothic former central hospital constructed between the 15th and 17th centuries.  A depository library, the NLC collects the bibliographic output of the Catalan linguistic area.

The photos below show the main reading room and the old print catalog.

National Library of Catalonia Main Reading Room.
National Library of Catalonia Main Reading Room.
Old shelflist, by author, National Library of Catalonia.


  1. Beautiful card catalog … really miss them. A library with physical books needs the carx catalog as well – they just naturally go together. They are also a type of precious art when used together.

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