The Libraries Institution of Bologna

Places / Archiginnasio Library

Resp. Anna Manfron
Contact us

tel. 051276811 fax 051 261160
Library Open Times

From Monday to Friday you may borrow items until 5.30 pm. On Saturday until 1pm.

Free Internet
14 computer workstations, 9 for bibliographic researches, 4 internet access points ( for study purposes only), 1 for databases consultation.

Wi-fi iperbole wireless :
> rules of use

In our library you can find:
around 850.000 volumes and booklets including 2.500 XV century editions, around 15.000 XVI century editions.
9.000 manuscripts
200 archives
45.000 drawings, engravings and photographs
9.000 periodicals, including 700 current periodicals
100 CDs of General works

> Online catalogue ( Sebina OPAC )
> library catalogue for new acquisitions from 1961 on
> Frati-Sorbelli historical catalogue, printed heritage material acquired by 1960
> specific catalogues for other kinds of documents

A maximum of 3 items ( for a total of 6 volumes).
Length of time: 30 days ( renewable for 15 days ).
Interlibrary loan and document delivery

Online Services
> Iconographical researches
> Reserving library's warehouse loft
> Bookings from historical catalogue

Online Resources
> Archiweb Archiginnasio Digital Library:more than 40 digital collections focused mainly on Bologna's history: books, journals, archival materials, manuscripts, announcements, photographs, prints, objects from museums.

Access to people with disabilities from Tuesday to Saturday from the entrance of “Museo Civico Archeologico, Via dell'Archiginnasio 2; on Monday from Via Foscherari ( please ring the bell and wait for attention ) ; info 051 276811
Printing Options ( chargeable service)
Air Conditioning

Do you want to know more ?
Archiginnasio library is situated in a building dating back to 1500 which was the University of Bologna's location from 1563 to 1803.
It is the most important civic library in Italy, thanks to its bibliographic, documentary and artistic heritage.
It preserves important documents of the City's history .It is a library for research and conservation,focused mostly on humanistic production and providing specific materials (literary, historical, philosophical, artistic, biographic and bibliographic).
The library's original collection was based on convents 'heritages devolved to Comune di Bologna after the abolition of all religious corporations. It was then enriched thanks to new acquisitions and donations.
From 2008 it holds the regional archive of the emiliano-romagnola editorial production (ARPE ).
The institute promotes conferences and volumes' presentations. It organises exhibitions to promote its heritage.
It publishes the annual magazine « L'Archiginnasio » and the volumes of “«Biblioteca de “L’Archiginnasio” » collection.Library's public services are located on the first floor: a reading room ( 130 seats), A Reference room; a consultation room where materials are arranged on open shelves (90 seats); a periodicals section; an area dedicated to photo reproductions, a room for consulting manuscripts and rare texts ( 12 seats ), Stabat Mater room : used for conferences, books' presentations ( 120 seats );a section for drawings and prints ( 8 seats ).


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Library | Archiginnasio Library

Galvani's Square, 1
40124 Bologna

Bus 11, 13, 14, 19, 20, 25, 27, 29, 30, 37
Maggiore's Square or Via Rizzoli bus stop

Bus A
Galvani's square bus stop