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Library, Archive and Documentation

The Library, Documentation and Archive area brings together the Prado Museum's documentary services in order to improve the management of knowledge about the collections and to facilitate access to information for internal and external users.

In collaboration with other areas of the Museum, information systems such as the Digital Library, the Digital Archive, the Collection and Prado Efímero have been developed that allow gathering data from various sources and making them available to users who demand access to scientific content through the Web.

Library Archive Documentation

Biblioteca digital

Archivo digital


El Prado efímero

The library, Archive and Documentation Service of the Prado National Museum is located in the Casón del Buen Retiro, a vestige of the former Buen Retiro Palace that Felipe IV ordered to be built in the 1630s. The bibliographic, archival and documentary collections are consulted in the Luca Giordano reading room, located in the old Hall of Ambassadors, below the splendid vault painted by the Neapolitan Luca Giordano around 1697.

Rules of access and use

Access to the Luca Giordano reading room will be made by appointment requested at least 2 days (48 hours) in advance through an email addressed to

The user will receive the confirmation of the previous appointment through an email sent from the account

In the same appointment request email, the advance request of the works to be consulted will be included up to a maximum of 10 volumes of books or periodicals, 5 archive installation units or 5 documentation envelopes. You can use the advance request form for library funds.

More information

Opening hours

Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 2 PM (books and other materials service until 1:30 PM)


Museo Nacional del Prado. Casón del Buen Retiro
C/ Alfonso XII, 28
28014 Madrid


Request for prior appointment and advance request of works: