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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why are there authors that do not show any works?

    In some cases there may be an author included in the BFVE who does not have a related work. This is a temporary situation and means that the record for this author has not yet been added, but soon will.

  • Why can't I search for a word within a work?

    The BVFE does not search inside a work, it only indicates the location of the work. From this bibliographical directory you will not be able to find word within a specific work unless it forms part of the title or is included in the other data of the entry. You must visit the website that holds the work to make a search of the terms within the work.

  • What kind of content can I find in the BVFE?

    The Biblioteca Virtual de la Filología Española contains records of digitized works in over two hundred online libraries worldwide, as well as the largest repository of digitized works of Google Books, Hathi Trust, Internet Archive, Europeana, Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), etc. All of the content has been carefully selected so that it may be used as a resource by specialists, scholars of the history of language or by those who simply wish to satisfy their curiosity.

  • Is the BVFE the owner of the content that can be accessed from the browser?

    No. The Biblioteca Virtual de la Filología Española selects the locations of digital works and includes the URL addresses in its database, but does not have any proprietary rights over the content, nor is any content held in its server. When the visitor wishes to access the content they want to see, the works are shown on the original website, in a new window that is independent from the BVFE.

  • Can I download the grammars, orthographies, dictionaries, etc.?

    From the Biblioteca Virtual de la Filología Española you will not be able to download works, as the BVFE does not hold any of the works on its server, nor does it have the intellectual property rights to the content. It is possible that the directory where the work is held will allow its download. However, in order to find out whether downloads are possible, the terms and conditions of each third-party site must be consulted.

  • How often is the BVFE updated?

    The Biblioteca Virtual de la Filología Española is updated several times a month.

  • What kind of information will I receive if I subscribe to the BVFE?

    The BVFE will send periodic newsletters with the latest additions to the directory. If there are any events of interest, news about the library or upgrades to the website, you will also be informed. The BVFE will not, under any circumstances, send advertisements or other content unrelated to our own bibliographical directory. On the other hand, subscribers can freely cancel their subscription to the BVFE whenever they wish. It is not necessary to send an email to cancel your subscription. Simply notify us via the subscription form on the bottom left of the website.

  • If I see a work that has already been digitized but is not in the BFVE, how can I tell the BVFE about it?

    Just click on the red button with the dropdown + symbol on this website's header. A form will open, from which you will be able to send us the URL that you wish to add to the BVFE, with any other suggestions you may like to add.

  • I have found a mistake. How can I report it so that it can be corrected?

    If you find a misprint, a broken link or a work added to an incorrect category, we would appreciate you telling us, so that we can rectify the issue. This can be done by clicking on the button "Report a mistake" that is directly underneath the details of each entry in the library. We will receive immediate notification of the exact link with the wrong reference. You may also include comments if you wish.

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Last update of the Biblioteca Virtual de la Filología Española 22/07/2024

BVFE currently contains 13028 records

Quick guide to use of the BVFE

  • Searches
  • Latest
  • Share
  • RSS and Subscription
  • Printing records
  • Ongoing project

The browser

Performing a search in the BVFE is very simple. Either write the word or string of words in our browser, search for a specific category, or perform an alphabetical search by choosing a letter.

Advanced filters

In addition, all of our records contain several fields. To search for a specific work by date of publication, filter by copy, printer, place of printing, etc., use the Advanced Search.Advanced Search - Biblioteca Virtual de la Filología Española

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New bibliographical records

The BVFE regurlaly publishes new bibliographical recordsLatest bibliographical records. Our team is constantly searching for new entries. We choose our content meticulously and verify our links regularly.

Several times a month

We add new content several times a month. We gradually add more content to existing entries, and likewise add more categories and subcategories as future needs require reclassification.

See the most recently added records

Sharing options

You can send any BVFE entry to a friend, partner, researcher or any person interested in history of the Spanish language. To do so, press the button "Recommend" found under each file and send the entry to an email address.

More options on sidebar buttons

We have also included a sidebar on the left of the screen which can be used to share on social media, select the BVFE as a favouriteCompartir los registros de la Biblioteca Virtual de la Filología Española in your web browser, etc. On tablets and phones the share option will be displayed at the bottom of the screen.

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When any category of the BVFE loads, you will see an RSS icon. Clicking on it allows you to join the feed and receive updated information for the category you have subscribed to. If your browser does not allow you to subscribe to an RSS source, you may need to install a plugin. You can also subscribe via RSS to receive updates directly in your email. To learn more about RSS, click here.

Subscribe to our newsletter

To subscribe to our newsletter, use the subscribe optionSuscribirse a la Biblioteca Virtual de la Filología Española that you will find on the lower left-hand corner of screen.

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Printing bibliographical records

All of the bibliographical recordsImprimir registro de la Biblioteca Virtual de la Filología Española that are in the BVFE can be printed. Click on the "Print" button located below each record. A new window will open with the content of the file ready for printing.

Printing the works

The BVFE does not own the intellectual property rights to the entries, it only selects, organizes and indicates the sites where they are located. As such, it is impossible to print the copies from the BVFE. You must agree to the legal conditions of the websites that contain the copies.

See how to print a bibliographical record


We are currently devising several extensions for the website. We will gradually integrate upgrades and more functions. The BVFE welcomes any suggestions that our users may have.

Submission of new URLs

Clicking on the + sign located on the dropdown tab at the top of the website Refer a URL or make a suggestion will take you to a form that has a field where you can send a URL address that has not yet been included in the BVFE. It is simple to use: just indicate the URL of the entry and we will do the rest, after completing the corresponding checks.

Refer a URL or make a suggestion