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British Council

Our library is free to join for British Council students. We offer a wide variety of resources to support your English language learning including over 2,000 books, 1,000 DVDs and many magazines, past exam papers and other resources. We have trained library staff on hand to advise you on the best resources to support your needs. We also regularly offer events in our library such as reading groups, talks, exam seminars and other activities. Ask at the Bilbao Teaching Centre for more information.

Visit our library and enjoy the following services:

  • Language learning materials - available at all levels, these materials are designed to help you improve your writing, listening and speaking English skills. Resources include exam practice books, grammar and skills books, and graded readers.
  • DVD library - we offer a range of over 1,000 DVDs, covering the best of British film, television drama, comedy, documentaries, educational and childrens programmes. 
  • Young readers - we have a special Young Learner section for younger students, which includes a range of audio books. Our Library Assistant will be happy to help you and your child explore our selection.
  • Magazines - a wide range of magazines about culture, history, science and much more. 
  • Teaching resources - we offer a large collection of ELT books from beginning to advanced levels, and from children to adult learners. 
  • Events - for children and adults (reading clubs, film nights, talks)


British Council students have free library membership for the length of the course. This includes the use of our material and internet access.

IELTS candidates can borrow material until the date of their exam.

Our opening times and contact details

Address: Avda Lehendakari Agirre, 29, 2º
Email: bilbao@britishcouncil.es 
Telephone: 94 476 36 50

Day Morning Afternoon
Monday to Friday 10.00 - 20.00 16.00 - 20.00
Saturday 09.00 - 14.00 Closed
Sunday Closed Closed

Borrowing rules

  • Only students / staff members are allowed to use the library. 
  • The renewal of the loan is possible when another student is not waiting for the same material. 
  • Students must not damage or write in the borrowed material. 
  • Loan limits are as follows: 
Items Limit per student Time allowed on loan
Books 2 2 weeks
DVDs 1 1 week
Magazines 1 1 week
Exams books 1 1 week

* ask the librarian for more details.