The library in the 250 anniversary of the Faculty of Nautical of Barcelona

Logo 250 Anniversary of the FNBThe library has an active participation in much of the activities that are carried out at the Faculty to commemorate it 250 anniversary of its creation.

We have also done some own activities to publicize the collection and history of the Library: 


Round table, simulation and maritime games, free and open to the public of all ages. Organized by the library on 9 X of 2019 on 10h.-19h.

Of the day it is necessary to stand out the official presentation of the edition in Spanish of the last sensation in games of table and simulation the Uboot: Wolves of the Kriegsmarine of the editorial Masqueoca, and the conference "The battle of the Atlantic, Uboot: the wolves of the sea"by the educator Asier Rojo.

In order to add a solidarity value to the activity, a charity raffle was made of a game and leisure product basket valued at more than € 250. The profits were destined for the non-profit Catalan association "Help playing".

You can expand the information on the web "A sea of ​​games".

Monthly, we are looking for a historical and curious story related to the Library or the Faculty and we publish it in the news bulletin, on the web, at Canalbib and on social networks.

The topics published so far are:

  • The library as a consultation room (documents by J. Pérez del Río): 3 documents that refer to the conditions of access and use of the library over the years 1948, 1950 i 1951. Some rules have not changed much. Already at 1950 he was asking not to keep the books consulted on the shelves again, although they should now be left in the hall trolley and then they had to return "to Miss Librarian".



  • Several stamps used in the FNB library throughout its historyThe seals of the library throughout history: collection of different ones stamps that have been used in the library and that can be found in our books. Some show their long relationship with the library, because they have been adding stamps during the different stages of history, for example this one astronomy book of 1771.



  • The catalog of the library: the adaptation to the new times: the shift from paper to automation led to many changes, even furniture. The consultation of the catalog we use today with computers was done manually. The librarians made tablets with all the information of the books and deposited them in a hand or on a machine drawers where they were sorted alphabetically by author, title, and subject. The faculty still retains this beautiful piece of furniture that shines in the new "Espai Vela" where it has been given another use.




  • The headphones of the English class: in the library some of them are still preserved earphones which for years were used in the English class. With this curiosity you can see how the class was and what type of audio tapes were used.




  • We already have a librarian !: in the student magazine "Albatros"(No. 6-7, from 1945) mentions that a person will be assigned to be in the library. The new is signed by Professor Pérez del Río.         

Notification that there will be a librarian (Albatros, December 1945)




  • Voices of the sea with Rosario Piera: La Charo has been working in the library since the 18 years and has just retired. If you want to hear from your voice the interesting experiences you had in school for so many years you can do it with the interview that the Maritime Museum made the 2013. Available at the video library UPC.

Rosario Piera (Charo)



  • Tables of Calvet and Bonet:

In the old archive of the library we have them Logarithmic tables of hyperbolic natural numbers and those of the trigonometric line ... ausiliares for the uses of navigation (1851) used at the time as a student's textbook. The work was written by the professors Calvet and Bonet, who were also directors of the Nautical School.

Ezequiel Calvet: 6 director (1835-1850) and José Bonet i Vinyals 7 director (1850-1870)

To discovery UPC you can check them bibliographic data.250 años: curiosidad de la biblitoeca: Tablas de Calvet y Bonet




  • The "Top 10":

In the bulletin of the students of the "La Marina Menguante" School of the month of March of 1997 the list of "top ten most consulted in the library since January"The magazine costs 50 pesetas plus a donation. Some of these books are still a reference for more than twenty years later!





  • Merry Christmas from a historic bank !: this year the library would like to congratulate you on one of the benches that have been part of the Faculty furniture for years and years. In the photo you can see the benches in the navigation classroom (1932)





  • Opening speech for the year 1872-73: In the inaugural speech of Federico Gómez Arias of the year 1872-73 we find curious facts about enrollments, exams, the building and the library. You can take a look at the speech from the old library collection from UPCommons.


Book point 250 Aniversario FNBWe present one bookmark with which we want to reflect the news and history of our faculty.

We have chosen an image of roof of the library to represent the most historical part. The typography we have chosen from color

green chairs which represent the most modern and current part of the library.

On the other side of the bookmark, the logo of the book stands out 250 anniversary of the Faculty.

To celebrate this special Sant Jordi, framed within the 250è Aniversari de la Facultat, we offer you a tasting of some books from our old collection.

Among the chosen ones from the 18th and 19th centuries, there are some writings by the first directors: Fray Canellas, Manuel Sans, Ezequiel Calvet and José Bonet, as well as a book by Jorge Juan de 1771.

L'exhibition It takes place in the hall of the 23 Faculty from April to May 26.

You can find out which books we have exposed through Sant Jordi bulletin.

The Library of the Faculty of Nautical of Barcelona presents the virtual exhibition "The library makes history: 250 years of 

 the FNB"We take a short tour of the different buildings, for classrooms and workshops, for the library and offices ... We also have 

 wanted to make a small tasting of the apparatuses, instruments and boats, as well as of the academic and playful activities and, of course, of

 people who have kept alive the school since Sinibald Mas created the Free Nautical School in 1769 year.

The library exposes a selection of handwritten nautical charts made by students in the early years of the school (S. XVIII-XIX). Some of the cards are in digital version.

The exhibition is on the first floor of the 5 building on 25 in November of 2019.


Last update: 19 / 03 / 2021