Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango
The Biblioteca Luis Angel Arango, or BLAA, was founded in 1923 and is now one of the biggest libraries in Bogotá, indeed in all of South America, with over two-million volumes and around seven-million visitors each year. The statue of Minerva at the entrance and letters marked on the library’s grand staircase reflect B.L.A.A’s focus on literature, and a combined appreciation for both old and new. B.L.A.A. houses nearly every book published in Colombia in the 19th- and 20th-centuries and has a significant collection of rare books, newspaper archives and old photographs, too. But the library also has advanced works on cutting-edge science and technology, and owns over 20,000 films, so rest assured there’s something for everyone. The library also boasts around 2,000 reading seats, as well as a concert hall and café.