Historical Archive

The Banco de España Historical Archive has an extensive collection of documents related to the activities it has undertaken since it was founded as the Banco Nacional de San Carlos.

It was officially opened for researchers in 1982 and it offers a reading room with a seating capacity for 2 people.

It is located in the Banco de España building in Alcalá 48, in Madrid.


There is a wide variety of documents held in safekeeping, which bear witness to aspects of Banco de España activities and our economic and financial history.

Access to the collections

To gain access to the collection, you must request an appointment by this contact formOpens in a new window. You should clearly specify the nature and purpose of your research, as well as the start and end dates of the reference documents you wish to consult. You must also present:

  • DNI or passport if you are not a Spanish national.
  • Two letters of introduction signed by notable persons from the academic or research sector.

Norms for consulting documents in the Research Room

As a repository of Banco de España's documentary heritage, the Historical Archive is responsible for protecting and safeguarding its document holdings. For this reason, when entering the Historical Archive reading room, the following rules must be respected:

Contact Us

Historical Archive

  • Address:

    Alcalá, 48
    28014 Madrid

  • Tel.
    (34) 91 338 8581
  • Fax:
    (34) 91 338 5581
  • Contact form 
  • Opening hours:

    Monday to Thursday: From 09.00 to 17.00
    Friday: From 08.30 to 14.30.