Biblioteca de Catalunya

Historical Institutions and Ensembles
Biblioteca de Catalunya
  • Year of establishment: 1907
    Year of dissolution: Still active
    It was founded in 1907 as the library of the Institut d’Estudis Catalans and located in the Palau de la Generalitat. In 1914, the government of the Mancomunitat de Catalunya declared it a public cultural service. In 1917, under the initiative of Felip Pedrell, a Music section was created, which included the addition of important collections of scores and musical collections of composers and performers from the Middle Ages to the present day. Today it holds more than 50,000 in manuscript and printed musical works. Of particular relevance was the purchase in 1892 of the Carreras i Dagas collection. From 1931 onwards, the library was located in the building of the old Hospital de la Santa Creu. In 1981, the Parliament of Catalonia declared it a national library, which granted it the reception and conservation of the Dipòsit Legal de Catalunya. In 1993 it incorporated a sound collection, with more than 400,000 records. The library holds collections of musicians such as Isaac Albéniz, Conxita Badia, Xavier Benguerel, Manuel Blancafort, Robert Gerhard, Enric Granados, Joan Lamote de Grignon, Joaquim Homs, Frederic Mompou, Enric Morera, Anna Ricci and Amadeu Vives.