Iván de Vargas Municipal Public Library

A library that combines tradition and the avant-garde in the heart of the city’s historical centre.

The Iván de Vargas Municipal Public Library is located close to Plaza del Cordón in the historical centre of the Madrid de los Austrias (Hapsburg Madrid). It occupies the site of an old mansion that once belonged to one of the city’s oldest lineages.

Designed by architect Ramón Andrade and inaugurated in 2011, the building integrates historical and functional elements and uses such material as granite, glass and wood. It combines a restored 18th century Baroque façade and courtyard with newly created spaces and an enormous new façade whose design is split to create a gap that allows us to admire a large magnolia tree and the library’s wooden doors and windows.

It has an area of more than 2,800 square metres arranged over four floors with several consulting, reading, and workgroup rooms, in addition to a spacious multipurpose room. Of note are the luminosity of its spaces, the basement, the terraces and the roof terrace with views over the Pontifical Basilica of St. Michael.

Updated: 03/04/2019

Useful information

Permit procedure

For the use of the multi-purpose rooms, please consult the conditions directly with the library. If there is availability, please make reservations using the form Application for use of multi-purpose rooms.

There are no administrative procedures for filming in the rest of the spaces of the libraries. City of Madrid Film Office can make an enquiry in this regard. For this purpose, download, fill in and send the form Production registration at least 15 days in advance to: info@cityofmadridfilm.com.



Iván de Vargas Municipal Public Library
+34 917 586 211

Calle San Justo 5,
28005 Madrid

Distrito: 01 Centro

Images: City of Madrid Film Office


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