The library

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The palace, former seat of the University of Bologna, perpetuates its function of "knowledge box" hosting the civic library since two centuries. Situated in the heart of the city, and in the heart of its citizens that from the foundation of the library secured their name to this institution, by donating book collections and important bibliographic relics that have enhanced its assets. This happened according to a tradition of patronage of the arts that today secures the interventions of the sponsors, of the utmost importance for the realisation of the most innovative projects of the institution.
The tangible sign of the building's history can be clearly read in the palimpsest of its walls, where the monuments dedicated to cardinal legates and to the illustrious teaching professors, the coat of arms of students who came from all over the world to obtain a wealth of knowledge, are alternated with commemorative monuments in memory of the library's donors. These stories are by now indissolubly bound: the story of the library was almost a natural continuation of the story of the University that remained until its transfer to Palazzo Poggi in 1803.
The Library of the Archiginnasio seeks to preserve, increase and promote the documentary patrimony gathered over the ages in the Palazzo of the Archiginnasio. 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.

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