The reserved archives and collections with a cultural heritage importance (rare books, first editions, fragile documents due to time and poor conservation as well as iconography) are set at the researchers’ disposal. In this area readers may require any bibliographical species stored in the building’s deposits. The room may take 42 users at the same time offering them free access to reference works. Users must make a fill in a specific application at the room’s help-desk to consult any documentation they wish.

The collaborators welcome and guide users but do not make research for them.

Any person holding a reader’s card with special authorization to access archives and reserved documentation is admitted.

In case of non-frequent visitors, such as foreigners, it is possible to apply for a temporary reading authorization which lasts for 3 days and cannot be renewed.

For further information on terms and conditions when using this room, please read General Regulations on Access and Print/Copy Formats and Pricing.

In addition, we inform that this room provides previous reservation to access documents. It may be made directly at the help-desk or, here.

 Notice: please prepare your visit to the Archives and Reserved Collections’ Reading Room in advance. Consult the descriptive tools (guides, inventories, catalogues, indexes) and the databases available here.

At the Reading Room users may consult the following research tools:

  • Documentary Description Instruments and corresponding index (available on paper and digitally in the computers of the reference area);
  • Databases – Access the PC’s available at the Reading Room;
  • Images Archive (including parish/birth and marriage records, newspapers collections, Postcards, Photographs and Iconography, among others).

Opening Hours

  • Mondays to Fridays: 9:30am. – 7.55pm.
  • Saturdays: 9:30am. -3:20pm.
  • From Monday to Friday: deadline for requests is 8:30pm.; on Saturday: 3:00pm.