Welcome is Bologna

Biblioteca delle Donne

Via del Piombo, 5 - 40125 Bologna (BO)

Phone +39 051 4299 411

Fax +39 051 4299 400

Date of last update: 06/08/2019, 11:17

History of the library

The Italian Women's Library was born at the end of the Seventies as part of Women's Documentation, Research and Initiative Centre, thanks to a project originated by Associazione Orlando - an indipendent feminist organisation - which wished to create an institution devoted to women's culture and political activism.

Associazione Orlando manages the Library via a contractual agreement with its main sponsor, the Municipal Council of Bologna for the "City of Bologna Women's Documentation, Research and Initiative Centre", and thanks to funding support from the Emilia-Romagna Regional Giunta, the Italian Ministry of Culture and the Carisbo Foundation.

The Italian Women's Library is today the principal collection specialized in women's culture, gender and feminist studies.The Library has a collection of 30.000 books, 20.000 of which are already included in the SBN-National Library System Catalogue, and 495 periodicals, 141 of which currently published.

Area of interest

Specializing in women's culture, gender studies and feminism.

Activities: conferences, conventions on women's issues, book presentations, meetings with authors, bibliographies upon request, report new accessions.

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

by car: located in restricted traffic zone ZTL. Ring road exits  n. 11/11bis-12 direction city center.

Monday to Thursday from 9:00am to 6:00pm, Friday 9:00am to 2:00pm. Closed Saturdays. Details (in Italian)

Summer opening time 2019: from July 29th to August 9th
Monday to Friday: 9am - 2pm