The history of our library


The Arús Public Library was founded by Rossend Arús i Arderiu as a general library in 1895, in order to instruct the people of Barcelona. Nowadays, it has become a research centre specialised in freemasonry, labour movement, federal republicanism, anarchism, and the Sherlock Holmes universe. Additionally, it holds a very important historical collection covering all subjects of human knowledge, with a predominance of works published in the 19th and first third of the 20th centuries.




Rossend Arús i Arderiu

Will executors and promoters

Valentí Almirall i
Antoni Farnés


Bonaventura Bassegoda i Amigó

Master builder

Pere Bassegoda i Mateu


Josep Lluís Pellicer

Artists and craftsmen

Manuel Fuxà (sculpture), Lluís Razzauti (bronze sculpture reproduction), Joan Sunyol (woodwork), Tomàs Torrents (painter and interior design), Lluís Nogués (marble), Coll i Escofet (glasswork), fill d’Ignasi Damians (metal melting) i Joaquim Cortada (metal engraving).


Barcelona, 1844 – 1891

Rossend Arús was born in Barcelona in 1844. His father, Pere Arús Cuixart, was a prominent trader of colonial goods, particularly textile industry dyes, who came from a wealthy family from l’Hospitalet de Llobregat, whereas his mother, Teresa Arderiu Pons, came from Das, a little village in the Catalan Pyrenees. Arús was good-natured and cheerful, yet had a sharp and sarcastic demeanour, which spurred his avid defence of democracy, federal republicanism, left-wing catalanism, freethinking and Freemasonry. He also was a philanthropist and generous benefactor who sought progress for those around him.

La Biblioteca estarà tancada per vacances des de l’1 al 31 d’Agost inclusivament.
La Biblioteca estará cerrada por vacaciones desde el 1 al 31 de Agosto inclusive.
The Library will be closed for holidays from 1 to 31 August inclusive.