COVID-19: The library will remain closed until further notice.

The library of the Botanical Institute of Barcelona (IBB) provides documental support to the research activities developed in the centre. It is also a library opened to everyone interested in botany and related subjects. In 1998 the library merged with the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) Libraries Network.

The collection consists of more than 8,500 monographs, about 1,400 serial titles, maps and microfiches. The most relevant subjects are Mediterranean Flora, Ecology, Landscape Gardening and Conservation.

The library also has an important collection of rare books. Among them is the Salvador’s collection. These books were the personal library of the Salvador family, an important lineage of chemists from Barcelona. They carried out their collector’s activity from the beginning of the 17th to mid 19th centuries. Nowadays, the Salvador library is preserved together with the rest of the cabinet as part of the Salvador Museum.



The library of the IBB is opened to everyone. In order to visit the library, users are required to set an appointment and should identify themselves at the entrance. Although the building is inside the Botanical Garden, access to the library is through the Passeig del Migdia.

You can set an appointment by:

Opening hours:

1st October to 30th April:

Mondays to Fridays: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Thursdays: 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

1st May to 30th September:

Mondays to Fridays: 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Opening hours might be affected for Christmas, Easter, Summer and other holidays