Leiria Municipal library officially opened in 1955 following poet Afonso Lopes Vieira’s (n1878 / †1946) donation of his private collection to the city.
Having been located within the town hall itself until 1997, the building in Largo Cândido dos Reis (the old Palace Square) where the library is currently located was then inaugurated – a building restored and adapted to the various needs of its readers.
Made up of several areas and rooms, BMALV has been moulded to the needs of readers and users of all ages, even hosting small events from time to time.
As a safety measure implemented due to the pandemic, since early May the library has been running the “Library Drop off” service, a home loan service for educational aids.
Members can take out books, CDs and DVDs, requesting them by email or by phone. Deliveries are then made on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and users can keep them for as long as 30 days.
> Largo Cândido dos Reis, n.º 6, 2400-112 Leiria
> GPS: 39º44’39.92”N | 8º48’35.29”W
> How to get there: https://bit.ly/2ELAj1M
> Monday to Friday: 9:30am – 8:00pm
> Saturdays: 2:00pm – 8:00pm