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

Open Now: Yes! Some attractions may restrict entry prior to their closing time.

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

Directions

Metro Line Nearest Station Walking Time
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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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5

5 Star Rating Gorgeous library and a historical preciousness of Rio!

Virgínia Brito - 3 months ago

5 Star Rating Beau-ti-ful! Spend fifteen minutes here, it's absolutely worth it!

KryzMasta - 5 months ago

5 Star Rating A must see in Rio. One of the most beautiful libraries ever. Free entrance. Don't touch the books please. But you can ask for help from one of the librarians if you want to check any of the works.

Andre Nogueira - 6 months ago

5 Star Rating [ENG BELOW] Uma biblioteca com foco em literatura portuguesa. Tem um acervo disposto de forma deslumbrante - Parece um cenário do Harry Potter. A library focused on Portuguese literature. Its collection is exposed in a sumptuous way - it feels like it could be a Harry Potter scenario

Christian Michelassi - 7 months ago

5 Star Rating This place is great. It's a little bit offbeat, and the books here are ancient! Worth visiting.

Christopher Suttenfield - 1 year ago

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