Exploring the Five Best Libraries in Rio de Janeiro

Places like Real Gabinete de Leitura’s gothic reading room, in Centro, and Oi Futuro Flamengo’s high tech library, in Flamengo, can be great options to study or work.

By Beatriz Miranda, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – An often overlooked attraction among expatriates and even Cariocas, is that Rio de Janeiro offers excellent libraries spread across the city. Whether one feels like working in a new environment or simply enjoying a book at a silent venue, some the best reading rooms with free internet access can be found in Rio’s Centro and Zona Sul (South Zone).

Situated in Centro, close to Praça Tiradentes, the Real Gabinete Português de Leitura (Portuguese Royal Cabinet of Reading) was created in 1887 and is the oldest institution created by . . .

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