El Salvador National Library: Preserving the Past, Inspiring the Future!

By Eddie Galdamez  |  Sep 23rd, 2023
El Salvador National Library
El Salvador National Library. Image by nayib Bukele.

Nestled in the vibrant heart of San Salvador, the the National Library will stand as a beacon of knowledge and culture. El Salvador’s new library will preserve the literary heritage of El Salvador while embracing modern technology and fostering a love for reading and learning.

The National Library is a new project currently under construction located in the San Salvador Historic District. El Salvador’s new library is being built as a donation from the People’s Republic of China.

The new BINAES (National Library of El Salvador) is a non-refundable cooperation project (donation) granted by the People’s Republic of China. Its cost will be 54 million dollars (including equipment and books).” Nayib Bukele.

President Nayib Bukele announced that the design of the library was based on El Salvador’s waves, reefs, and volcanoes. He also expressed that the library’s location was chosen to continue revitalizing the Capital City’s Historic Center.

One of the main elements of its architecture is that, like an open book, this structure opens and connects with the historic buildings around it. A place that will be photographed by locals and tourists. A place for culture and education.” Nayib Bukele.

El Salvador National Library: A Donation from the People’s Republic of China

In December 2019, President Bukele announced that Chinese President Xi Jinping had just granted El Salvador a gigantic non-reimbursable cooperation managed entirely by the El Salvador Government.

In addition to the National Library, China will give El Salvador a large water purification plant, a new soccer stadium, and improved infrastructure along the Surf City project. It also includes a new pier and a theme park in La Libertad.

El Salvador’s new Library is Almost Ready

The new National Library of El Salvador will be open to the public “very soon,” announced President Nayib Bukele during his speech commemorating the 202 years of Independence.

The Ministry of Culture announced through its social networks the process of hiring for positions for the new National Library of El Salvador (BINAES).

“Participate in the selection process to work in the new National Library of El Salvador! Your opportunity to contribute to the world of knowledge is just a click away,” remarked the Ministry of Culture of El Salvador’s Twitter message.

National Library of El Salvador.
El Salvador’s new National Library. Image by @suecallejas.

When completed, El Salvador’s new library will add another iconic building to the improved Historic Downtown.