VIAF Information Sheet
In the national language(s) and script: Biblioteca Nacional Mariano Moreno
In English: National Library of Argentina
Agüero 2502 CP C1425EID
Ciudad de Buenos Aires, República Argentina
WEB SITE: https://www.bn.gov.ar
SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE INSTITUTION:
The National Library of Argentina, created by Mariano Moreno on September 13, 1810, stores and preserves, through the most advanced library techniques, the materials with which the country has shaped its ideas and its history. In the Library’s collections – composed of documents, manuscripts, books, magazines, newspapers, photographs, maps, engravings, audiovisual items and music scores – remains an alive culture that awaits to be rediscovered by lectors and researchers, by recognizing the variety of tones of this diverse country and the perspectives of a past that continues generating questions and projecting images on the present.
Erected on the site of the old Palacio Unzué, in a park delimited by Agüero Street and Austria Street, and Las Heras and Libertador Avenues, the building was constructed by the architects Clorindo Testa, Francisco Bullrich and Alicia Cazzaniga. It shows a brutalist architectural style, based on a geometric shape and raw concrete structures. This modern construction represents the last chapter of a rich architectural history of the Library, previously located in two different buildings: the first one, placed in the historic Manzana de las Luces, and the second one, located on Mexico Street, in San Telmo neighborhood, which was opened at the beginning of XX century by director Paul Groussac. At the present, this last building is being restored so as to house the Jorge Luis Borges Center for Studies & Documentation, in recognition of Borges’ role as director. The Center will be both a special place for exhibitions and research, and a residence to host writers that come to Buenos Aires.
The National Library of Argentina was founded in the heat of the Revolución de Mayo. Consequently, it has been a privileged witness, throughout the past two centuries, to all the events that have affected and changed the country. The National Library offers, in its reading rooms and exhibitions, a unique opportunity to rethink the mysteries of Argentinian culture.
SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THE AUTHORITY DATA
DATA PROVIDED TO VIAF AND NUMBER OF RECORDS
· Authority records for
Name headings: 26.527
· Number of records:
Persons: 16.144 (190 name-title records are included)
Corporate bodies: 1.663