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The Library is specialised in urban planning, environment and transport, and you can find all kinds of materials primarily intended to support the development of tasks typically carried out by the AMB staff. Its main mission is to preserve and disseminate the bibliographical collection of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona and its predecessor institutions.

Metropolitan Collection

It covers the predecessor institutions of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area:

From 1953 to 1974
  • Comisión Técnica para la revisión del Plan Comarcal de Catalunya
  • Comisión de Urbanismo y Servicios Comunes de Barcelona y otros municipios
From 1974 to 1987
  • Corporació Metropolitana de Barcelona (CMB)
From 1987 to 2012, the three successor institutions of the CMB
  • Mancomunitat de Municipi de l'Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona
  • Entitat Metropolitana de Medi Ambient
  • Entitat Metropolitana de Transports
And from 2012
  • Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona


Map Library

The cartographic cataloguing of the metropolitan institutions has already started. Specifically, the Cartographic Section has a collection of thousands of maps in analogue format which is being scanned and georeferenced, in order to make them more accessible to users.



Users can request documents of the collection for queries or their partial reproduction, according to the current law (art. 18 LPI).

We offer a work environment with wi-fi network; and a customised service which gives us the opportunity to adjust to the kind of information needed by users, so as to respond to their information requests.

We also offer users the possibility to photocopy and/or scan the documents they have consulted, according to the current law (art. 18 LPI).