Luis Ángel Arango Library

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Luis Angel Arango Library

Building on Bogotá's Cultural district
Size1.5 million items (2,500,000 in the Network of Libraries of the "Banco de la República")
Access and use
Circulationlibrary does not publicly circulate
Other information
DirectorAlberto Abello Vives
Staff500 approx.

Luis Ángel Arango Library, is a public library located in Bogotá, Colombia.[1] It was founded in 1958[2] as a small library with a few books on economics. Today its collection has grown to the point where it has become the country's premier library and has come to be considered to be the most important public library in Latin America. It has over 1.1 million books and 1900 reading places; it received 6.7 million visitors in 2008. It is currently under the administration of Banrepcultural.[3].

Books and documents on the following subjects can be found: music, geography, social sciences, economics, arts and humanities, the constitution, rare books and manuscripts, science and technology, and Luis López de Mesa newspaper archives. They also provide audio-visual material. In addition, there is a Concert Hall, reprography service, a cafeteria and parking facilities. The Botero Museum is part of the library. The main entrance features an Athena or Minerva statue.

There is also a bookstore in the first floor of the library. The bookstore specializes in books about Colombia, scientific magazines, and literature related to Colombia and its values.

The library is named after the lawyer and business man Dr. Luis Angel Arango, who occupied the general manager position of the "Banco de la Republica" in Colombia, and who was an advocate for culture and literature.

The library's architects have included Esguerra Saenz Urdaneta Samper.


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2013-07-12.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "60 años de la Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango" (PDF). Retrieved September 14, 2018. Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ "About Banrepcultural". Red Cultural del Banco de la República en Colombia. Retrieved 13 September 2018. The cultural activity of Banco de la República extends as a network through 29 cities in the Colombian territory, and is carried out in the Gold Museum in Bogota, five Gold Museums in Armenia, Cali, Cartagena, Pasto and Santa Marta, the Ethnographic Museum in Leticia, the Luis Ángel Arango Library and the Casa Gómez Campuzano in Bogotá, the Library Network that extends through 28 Colombian cities, the Luis Ángel Arango Library Concert Hall, and Bogotá museums: Casa de Moneda, Botero Museum and, Miguel Urrutia Museum of Art (MAMU).

External links[edit]

Media related to Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 4°35′50″N 74°04′22″W / 4.59722°N 74.07278°W / 4.59722; -74.07278