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Biblioteca d’Arte e di Storia di San Giorgio in Poggiale

Via Nazario Sauro, 20/2 – 40121 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 19936352

Reference maps: C-3

Date of last update: 22/01/2020, 14:44

The art and history library is located in the ex church of San Giorgio in Poggiale and holds the book heritage of Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, a newspaper library and a photo archive. In the library there are ancient and modern books, manuscripts, incunabulum and edicts.

The new project Genus Bononiae Network - Libri, armonie, immagini aims at digitizing books and documents about the history of Bologna in order to create a virtual library.

Moreover, thanks to an agreement with the local institutions and European cultural centers, many original and unpublished music papers will be available on line.


The art and history library of San Giorgio in Poggiale takes part in the project Genus Bononiae. Musei nella Città

by bus: lines and timetables on the website www.tper.it

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exits n. 1-2 direction city center.

Consultation, reference, lending and books reproduction service
Monday: 9am-1pm
Tuesday: 9am-5pm
Wednesday-Thursday-Friday: 9am-1pm; closing days: Saturdays, Sundays. Details (in Italian)

Hearing disability

Access and orientation do not present any difficulty for the hearing impaired.

Being a historical library, there are no room cards and descriptive captions.

Access to the contents is regulated by the presence of an archive on a PC that can only be consulted by the members of the library.

Reading the contents requires excellent linguistic skills given the cultural level of the texts. Evening visits are also available upon request.

There are no means of visual communication in case of alarm in the bathrooms.

Motor disability and difficulty of movement

The museum is substantially accessible to everyone; however, people with reduced motor skills could find trouble in the first room (Etruscan Bologna) where an Etruscan road with very irregular paving has been rebuilt, and on the way to the Virtual Theatre, where a very long ramp is equipped with a handrail to the right; the space within the Virtual Theatre is reduced, which could be a problem to people in wheelchairs.