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Madeira Regional Archives and Public Library

The Regional Archive and Public Library of Madeira is a space with excellent facilities for research and bibliographic material

Madeira Regional Archives and Public Library (ABM), established on February 19, 2016. Resulted from the fusion between Madeira Regional Archive Madeira and the Regional Public Library, institutions that have honoured our Region and whose historical trajectory goes back to 1931 and 1979.

The Regional Archive of Madeira was created in 1931 with the foundation of the Funchal District Archive administrated by the General Board of Funchal District, although technically dependent of the Ministry of Public Instruction, Libraries and Archives General Inspection. The first director was João Cabral do Nascimento, who together with curator Álvaro Manso de Sousa, founded the Arquivo Histórico da Madeira magazine, an informational publication of the District Archives. In January of 1932, the District Archive is installed in Encarnação Palace, at Santa Luzia street; in the following year, it is transferred to São Pedro Palace, in Mouraria street at downtown Funchal. In 1980, following the implementation of the autonomous system the supervision of the District Archives was transferred to the Autonomous Madeira Region government and is renamed as Madeira Regional Archives and placed under the management of the Tourism and Culture, Regional Office. On September 17, 2004 was inaugurated the new building of the Regional Archive and Public Library of Madeira, located in Álamos road at Santo António.

It is a modern construction, planned from scratch to house the regional archives and the Public Library of Madeira, which is responsible for collecting, processing, preserving and disclosing a valuable documentary collection. The collection of the Regional Archive, of great interest for the study of Portuguese history and Atlantic culture, dates back to the 15th century to the times of insular settlement. It occupies about 12,000 linear metres of shelves and includes archives of public and private institutions of the archipelago, as well as containing family and personal ones. Bibliographic funds and collections are made up of an assortment of about 511 thousand documents, which diversity, information, volume and chronological range constitute an invaluable heritage for the preservation of the collective memory and identity of the region and its people, as well as for the culture development in the archipelago.

 In 2008 the Madeira Regional Archives obtained the certification in quality management systems, according to the NP EN ISO 9001: 2000 norm.
The Contemporary Documentation Library was created in 1979; it is the headquarters of the organisation that supervises, the Regional Cultural Affairs Office. The painter Sara Maria of Portugal da Silveira Henriques de Freitas was the founder and first director. In 2002, the Library of Contemporary Documentation assumes the coordination and management of the Regional Network of Public Libraries, becoming in 2003 the Regional Public Library. In 2004, it was transferred to the new building located in Alamos road at Santo António. A new building shared with the Madeira Regional Archive. In 2015 is published online the Madeira Collective Catalogue of Libraries, a cooperative project that allows access to the bibliographic collections of several libraries in the Region.

For more information you can send an e-mail to abm.srtcadeira.gov.pt or consult the official page here.


Caminho dos Álamos Nº 35


291 708 400


Monday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.; Tuesday- Friday from 09:30 a.m. to 07:45 p.m., Saturday from 09:30 a.m. to 03:00 p.m.; Sunday closed


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