Located across the Royal Palace, the Central University Library was built in 1893 on a lot bought by the Romanian king Carol I, following the plans of Paul Gottereau. The extension of the building began almost 20 years later, in 1911, under the coordination of the same architect. Finished on May 9th 1914, the library is one of the most distinguished constructions in Bucharest, being erected in a Baroque style with French influence.
Inside there is an amphitheater with more than 500 seats, 4 lecture rooms and storehouses. Since July 12th 1948 the institution has a new status being called the Central University Library.
During the events of the 1989 revolution the library was severely damaged by a great fire, more than 500 000 volumes, old maps and more than 3700 manuscripts being burned. With the help of UNESCO, different institutions and people, the library was renovated, today being the most important and modern library in the country.
Address: 1 Boteanu Street