Le origini della Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna nelle carte marsiliane
The Istituto delle Scienze, of which we are celebrating the third Centenary, was born, as we learn from its Constitutions, as “… a library of books of the best editions and with a large number of Arabian, Persian, Turkish and Greek manuscripts”.
The private library gathered by count Marsili during his travels and military expeditions, at “costly application”, thus became the library of the Istituto delle Scienze, the first historical nucleus of the present University Library. For its founder, the Library represented an integral and indispensable part of the ambitious and modern project to renew scientific research, which for decades had fallen into decline, on an experimental basis at the University of Bologna.
The Exhibition "Le origini della Biblioteca Universitaria di Bologna nelle carte marsiliane" arranged by the BUB intends, therefore, to recount the birth of the Istituto and its Library through the documents of Marsili, which have remained intact despite the countless dispersions suffered throughout the course of their three centuries of life.