The mission of the Library is to provide support for the work, research and training of Banco de España employees, and to promote study and research in areas of interest to it. Therefore, the Library is open to any citizen or institution interested in its collections and services.


The Library specialises in economics, with particular emphasis on monetary and banking matters and a general interest in other social sciences.

The collections comprise more than 300,000 volumes, including monographs, periodicals (5,600 titles) and documents in any form or format. The Library has subscriptions to the most relevant databases, journals and electronic books and specialised information portals worldwide in the field of economics.

The Special Value Collection, comprising some 16,000 items published between the 15th and 19th centuries, is an important part of the collection and of great interest in respect of the study of economic history and law in Spain. It is a valuable resource for the study of subjects such as the regulation of economic activities, with a collection of 3,000 laws and regulations from the 16th to the 19th centuries; socioeconomic thought from the School of Salamanca and the Enlightenment; the history of the Banco de España and the Spanish financial system; trade and relations with the Americas; geographical works and Spanish travel literature, etc.


All the information about the Library’s holdings can be accessed in the online catalogue, which is available in the reading room and at in a new window


  • Reading room:
    Library stakeholders can consult items from the General Collection, either directly or by request, if kept in storage. In general, no more than five items may be accessed at a time.
  • Information and reference:
    Library staff deal with users’ information requests for bibliographical information, and factual queries relating to the subject areas covered by the Library or issues relating to the use of the Library’s services.
  • Access to electronic resources:
    Computers available in the reading room allow free access to the Internet and a selection of databases,  journals and electronic books subscribed by the Library. Users can also access the Internet with their own devices, connecting to the Library’s Wi-Fi network. 
  • Reprography:
    The library offers the possibility of reproducing its collections, under the limitations imposed by intellectual property and cultural heritage rules. A scanner is available for direct reproduction of the holdings in the General Collection. The reproduction of works published prior to 1960 must be requested and approved by the Library. 
  • Desiderata and suggestions:
    All users can request the purchase of library materials and subscriptions to electronic resources. Other suggestions for the Library’s collection and services may be submitted in writing, preferably by email Sending an e-mail: Opens in a new window

Special Value Collection

Access to this Collection is restricted to researchers, for conservation reasons. Those interested should apply in writing:

  • Declaring the nature and subject of the research work to be performed, which must necessarily be related to the copies of the Special Value Collection they wish to consult.
  • Providing aptly documented proof that they are engaged in research work.
  • Explicitly accepting all Library rules and regulations.

Download the Application by researcher-user (in Spanish) File PDF: Opens in a new window (142 KB)

Contact Us

  • Address:

    Alcalá, 48. 28014 Madrid

  • Tel.
    (34) 91 338 5327
  • Contact form 
  • Opening hours:

    Monday to Friday: 08.30 to 17.30. 

    Easter Week, San Isidro Fiesta Week (15 May), August and Christmas: 08.30 to 14.00.