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Biblioteca comunale dell'Archiginnasio

Piazza Galvani, 1 - 40124 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051-276811 - Info bibliografiche +39 051-276816

Fax +39 051-261160

Reference maps: D-4

Date of last update: 06/08/2019, 10:43

History of the library

Biblioteca comunale dell'Archiginnasio (The Library of the Archiginnasio) seeks to preserve, increase and promote the documentary patrimony gathered over the ages in the Palazzo of the Archiginnasio. The Library offers specialized information and research documentation and is involved in cultural promotion.

Due to its historical importance and collections, the Archiginnasio is among the most important municipal libraries in Italy. A testimony to Bologna's culture, it has been considered a privileged place for the preservation of the city's memory since its foundation.

Various sections are dedicated to the documentation of Bologna's culture through its antique and modern printed works, chronicles, maps, photographs, etc.

The Library houses a vast collection of antique and modern manuscripts and rare books considered to be indispensable source material for a wide range of cultural phenomena and the study of human sciences from a historical point of view. The principal bibliographic themes that are represented consist of the historical, philosophical, political, literary, artistic, biographical and bibliographic disciplines.

Area of interest

General culture with primarily historical, philosophical, political, literary, artistic, biographical and bibliographic disciplines. The section dedicated to Bologna's culture is especially significant.

The text is taken from the site of Archiginnasio


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by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exits n. 11/11bis direction city center.

Monday-Friday - 9.00 a.m.-6.45 p.m. Saturday - 9.00 a.m.-1.45 p.m. Details (in Italian)

From August 5th to August 31st 2019
Monday to Friday: 9am - 6.45pm
Saturday: 9am - 1.45pm
The Library will stay open, but from 1:30pm there will be no lendings.