All matter of books, maps and more, dating back more than 150 years, and impressive spaces in which to enjoy them
Another notable landmark of a country where literacy is important
Officially the Miguel Obregón Lizano National Library (in honour of one of Costa Rican education's most illustrious personages and promotor of public libraries throughout the country), it's located downtown on Avenida 3 between Calle 15 and Calle 17, just south of the Parque Nacional. The library itself was founded at the end of the 19th century, but its current home was built in 1971. It's an enormous building with various floors full of not just books but also well preserved and/or digitalised newspapers, magazine, photos, and maps dating back to the mid-19th century. Notable spaces include the expansive ground-floor reading room and the green spaces surrounding the building - perfect for a bit of reading under the leafy trees!