Royal Portuguese Reading Room

The interior of the historic Royal Portuguese Reading Room is nothing short of awe inspiring

Real Gabinete Português de Leitura
Real Gabinete Português de Leitura cc licensed photo by Os Rúpias

Located in downtown Rio, amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, lies the Real Gabinete Portugues da Leitura or Royal Portuguese Reading Room in English. The Real Gabinete Portugues da Leitura or is a beautiful library built in the Portuguese manueline style back in 1837.

It is said that books fill the walls from top to bottom in precious and beautiful carved wood bookshelves. There are those who make comparisons with Hogsworth college (those of you who have watched the Harry Potter series would know exactly what they are talking about). For those who have not seen any shots of the inside of Hogsworth, let's just say that the place is absolutely magical.

The library houses over 350,000 works, many of those works dating from the 16th, 17th and 18th century. These works contain an incredible amount of Portuguese history and culture. The Real Gabinete Prtugues da Lietura also features a variety of small collections of paintings, sculptures and ancient coins.

It is recommended when visiting the library you make certain that you go with a group of people or at least one other person as the library is situated in an older part of downtown of Rio de Janiero and like many large cities, you will find a number of beggars and vendors who can sometimes be on the aggressive side. See the video at the bottom of our Transit Tips page for some great advice on being safe while exploring Rio.

The other attractions in the area are the National LIbrary of Brazil and the Municipal Theatre. Both are definitely worth a visit.

For an afternoon of wonder in a world of literature and amazing architecture, visit the Real Gabinete Portugues da Leitura. Don't forget to bring your identity document along to ensure access!

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: No

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Tuesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Thursday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Friday: 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM
  • Saturday: Closed
  • Sunday: Closed

Address: R. Luís de Camões, 30 - Centro, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 20051-020, Brazil

Phone: (21) 2221-3138

Official Website: Royal Portuguese Reading Room


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Line 1 - Orange or LIne2 - GreenUruguaiana

How to get to Royal Portuguese Reading Room by Metro

Exit Uruguaiana Station onto Rua Uruguaiana and go right. Go right again onto Rua do Ouvidor and follow it to the plaza. Continue west along Rua Luis de Camoes, the road that borders the right side of the plaza and watch for the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura on your right.

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Rated 4.7 out of 5Royal Portuguese Reading Room Star Rating

5 Star Rating Lugar lindooooo demais da conta. Super vale a pena fazer uma visita por lá. Mesmo que seja uma visitinha rápida na hora do almoço gente. E quem gosta de Harry Potter vai amar e vai se sentir como se estivesse em Hogwarts 😍 **** This is a beautiful place in the downtown. I've felt like at Hogwarts. So, who likes Harry Potter need to go there. A little visit in lunch time is a good activity in the downtown. It's a great place to go and appreciate the architecture. The place open from Monday to Friday, 9AM to 6PM. And it is free!!! I've really fallen in love white Royal Portuguese Reading Room and I recommend you to go there.

Ágata Vieira - 2 months ago

5 Star Rating Wow wow wow wow! One of the best places that I’ve ever visited and also off of the tourist map so expect the place to yourself! Such a regal and beautiful library with stunning architecture and walls lined with the most elegant leather bound books. Make sure you make a stop here

David Maddison - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful place P/s: The Guardian Photo

Quan Ha - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating Really old library worth to see. Could be used as a film set location. Very impressive and not access fee.

sambao sambao - 4 months ago

5 Star Rating Beautiful! It worth a visit! A famous Brazilian writter from XIX century, Machado de Assis, used to read here! He is famous for his irony. He used to make fun of slave owners! #Historytour

Pedro Parga - 7 months ago


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