The Public Library of Évora (BPE), that celebrated its 200th anniversary in 2005, was founded by the Archbishop Frei Manuel do Cenáculo, a powerful, generous and educated clergyman, one of the most prominent figures of the Portuguese Enlightenment.
Currently, the BPE is proud to be one of the oldest and richest libraries in Portugal, fact that is unquestionable as far as its collections are concerned.
The BPE simultaneously fulfils two missions: as a heritage and general research library, strives to collect, safeguard and disseminate a rich documentary heritage; as a public library, works to facilitate the access of the local community to education, information and knowledge, as well as recreation and leisure.
The BPE estate includes 664 incunabula and 6445 books printed in the 16th century, as well as several cores of handwritten cartographic documents, printed music and more than 20000 titles of periodicals. BPE has been a beneficiary of Depósito Legal (Legal Deposit) since 1931, which has contributed to its richness and fullness in terms of current bibliography increasing its collections to more than 612 thousand volums.
Address: Largo Conde de Vila Flor, Évora, Portugal
Phone: +351 266 769 330
Fax: +351 266 769 331
- Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- On Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
- Closed on Sunday.