Sant Gervasi – Joan Maragall Library, Barcelona, Spain

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Name of the Library Sant Gervasi – Joan Maragall Library
Parent Organisation: Biblioteques de Barcelona

Street Address:
Sant Gervasi de Cassoles, 85
Postal Address:
Sant Gervasi de Cassoles, 85 08022 Barcelona
Telephone : +34 934178347
Web Address: http://www.bcn.cat/bibsantgervasi
Library Email: b.barcelona.jmg@diba.cat

Type of Library : District Library
Population served: 145,934
Project Type: New Building
Size (square metres): 2,396 m2
Date of Completion: 2014
Architect: Baena Casamor Arquitectes BCQ, S.L.P.

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Description
The library Sant Gervasi – Joan Maragall is part of Biblioteques de Barcelona (Barcelona Libraries), the entity that manages the network of 40 public libraries in the city.

The library was named after Joan Maragall i Gorina (Barcelona, 1860-1911), a writer, poet, journalist, translator and lawyer, one of the most important and influential of the Catalonia at the turn of the nineteenth-century. His work had a crucial impact on the Catalan cultural and artistic life of the time. This library is the central library of Sarrià-Sant Gervasi district. The building, designed by Baena Casamor BCQ Architects SLP, is semi-undergrounded in the garden of Villa Florida, and its structure is due, partially, to maintain the original existing trees. Is the last public library inaugurated in Barcelona.

The library collection encompasses more than 45,000 documents, on different supports and in different fields, which is increased each month by new acquisitions. A selection of newspapers and magazines is also available.

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The Sant Gervasi – Joan Maragall library organises a wide range of different activities for all: book clubs, storytelling, seminars, children’s workshops… These activities are aimed at transmitting the pleasure of reading and encouraging users to discover new authors and learn more about current issues, linked always to the books and other materials in the library.

The programme Molt per aprendre (“Lots to Learn”) includes two seasons: Creacions (workshops devoted to writing, oral and visual arts) and the Aula Digital (introductory activities to computers, photography, self-access language learning, freeware and creating blogs).

The library also supports the education community by welcoming schools visits and providing facilities and services, as well as organising digital literacy programmes. Moreover, the library is a member of the Antenes Cibernàrium network of technology training points.

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