ALBA is the first attempt to obtain funding for a synchrotron light source in Spain in 1990. In 2003 The ALBA Synchrotron project was approved and funded in equal parts by the Spanish and the Catalonian Administration. For that purpose, the Consortium for the Construction, Equipping and Exploitation of the Synchrotron Light Source (CELLS) is created to manage the ALBA Synchrotron. The ALBA Synchrotron is located at Cerdanyola del Vallès, 15 km from Barcelona city centre. It is part of the Barcelona Synchrotron Park, devoted to become an international knowledge hub, next to the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, with more than 40,000 students and 3,500 researchers. First friendly user at the BOREAS beamline (an external researcher helping with the commissioning of the facility). In 2012 BOREAS, MSPD, XALOC, NCD and CIRCE beamlines receive their first official users. At the end of 2012, appears the first ALBA publication, a report containing data collected from the MSPD beamline. In July, Caterina Biscari is appointed as the new director of the ALBA Synchrotron. ALBA currently has eight operational state-of-the-art beamlines, comprising soft and hard X-rays, which are devoted mainly to biosciences, condensed matter (magnetic and electronic properties, nanoscience) and materials science. Additionally, two beamlines are in construction (low-energy ultra-high-resolution angular photoemission for complex materials and microfocus for macromolecular crystallography).This large scientific infrastructure provides more than 6.000 hours of beam time per year and is available for the academic and the industrial sector, serving more than 1.000 researchers every year. Since as early as 2012, ALBA has been hosting official users, 75% from Spanish institutions and 25% from other countries.