Location: Agüero 2501. Recoleta
It was founded in 1911. The library was built preserving the green spaces, both the cliffs’ and the botanical diversity of the environment. Most of it was built half-buried to allow more space for the storage rooms, a small construction on the ground floor and an elevated construction of access halls for the public and office sectors.
Actually, its collection has around 1,000,000 copies, an important newspaper library, a room of old publications and a special chamber for the Blind. It occupies a built area of 45,000 square metres, 4,000 of which are occupied by reading rooms.
The structure was divided into two kinds of independent foundations:
Direct: books storage rooms, machinery rooms and librarian schools are built directly on the plot, on beams that support the columns upon which the storage rooms rest.
Indirect: this is the most representative body of the building with four bodies resting on thirteen piles each.
It counts with three underground floors of storage rooms covering 19,000 sq. mts. destined for a newspapers and magazines section (hemeroteca), reading hall for the blind, public and institutional relations, acquisition and bibliographical exchange, and the archive of the architectural heritage of the building, communicating to the reading hall.
– The ground floor is the entrance to the building.
– The first floor houses the “Jorge Luis Borges Auditorium”, the “Leopoldo Marechal” exhibition hall, the bar and the director’s office.
– The second floor is destined for offices and a machinery room.
– The third floor houses the audio, media, photography and map areas, the treasury room, the “Juan L.Ortiz” exhibition hall, the offices of the Salamanca (Spain) University in Buenos Aires, the National Journalism Academy, the vice-director’s offices and other areas not open to the public.
– The fifth floor houses the “Mariano Moreno” reading hall destined for reader’s general consultation.
– The sixth floor gives access to the reference sector and the “Gregorio Weinberg” reading hall as well as various offices.
– The seventh floor is occupied by another machinery room.
– Finally, at the top is where the main machinery room is situated together with lifts, cooling towers and water tanks.