It is possible to access the computer systems that manage
bibliographical and archival information.
contains more than 105,000 bibliographical references to
over 180,000 volumes. Every area of knowledge is
represented, but particular emphasis is placed on History,
Law, Economics, Statistics and texts from international
organisations. There is also an “Antique Book Collection” of
preserved works from the 15th to the 18th
The public also has access to a bulletin with abstracts of
magazines, the European information bulletin, and the
display of the latest monographs acquired by the Assembly of
The Parliamentary Historical Archives keep all the documents
which the Parliament has produced or received during the course
of its work, from 1821, when the Cortes
Gerais met for the first time, to today’s Assembly
of the Republic. They cover 4 periods of history: the
(1821 - 1910); the
1st Republic (1910 - 1926); the
or Estado Novo (1935
- 1974); and the
3rd Republic (since 1974).
The Parliamentary Historical Archives are located inside São Bento Palace, and the reading room is open to
the public on working days from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., except on
days when there are plenary sittings or committee meetings,
when it stays open until their business is done.
The Parliamentary Historical Archives also include the Photographic
Archives (with photographs taken during parliamentary proceedings
from 1906 to the present day) and the Audiovisual Archives.
As the producer of its own television programme – the
Parliament Channel – the Assembly of the Republic broadcasts
live and pre-recorded plenary sittings, some parliamentary
committee meetings, and some events, including conferences,
seminars and others. These audiovisual records, which have
been kept since 1997, form the collection of the
Audiovisual Archives. The recordings of the plenary sittings
since the 10th Legislature have been indexed and
can be accessed by searching the database, which is the only
information from the Archives that is currently available
on this site.
Régia (Royal Legislation) is a database of legislation
from 1603 to 1910 which even includes the 1512 Manueline Ordinances.
It contains the digitised text and enables searches via the
web platform. You can search the indexes and the free text
in the original spelling, and the database fields entitled
"Ato legislativo" ('legislative act') and "Entidade"
('entity') in today's spelling. You can browse the indexes
and pages of the original documents, view the document in
a high definition format, print one or more pages or the whole
document and download the documents in PDF format.
Terras Portuguesas (Portuguese Lands) database contains
all the legislative initiatives submitted to the Portuguese
Parliament between the 6th and 12th legislatures whose purpose
was to create parishes and municipalities and raise the status
of settlements to towns and that of towns to cities.
It further includes all the initiatives intended to change
the name, territorial boundaries or siting of parishes/municipalities