Luis Ángel Arango Library

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Luis Angel Arango Library

Building on Bogota's Cultural district
Established 1923
Location Bogota
Branches n/a
Size 1.5 million items (2,500,000 in the Network of Libraries of the "Banco de la República")
Access and use
Circulation library does not publicly circulate
Other information
Director Alberto Abello Vives
Staff 500 approx.

Luis Ángel Arango Library, is a public library located in Bogotá, Colombia.[1] It was founded in 1923 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 the Bank of the Republic.

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.


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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