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Biblioteca Salaborsa

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Address: Piazza Nettuno 3, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: 051 2194400
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Tue - Fri 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sat 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Description: Salaborsa is the Bologna city multimedia and general information library...
Salaborsa is the Bologna city multimedia and general information library, which every day provides users of all ages with books, newspapers, magazines, videos, cds, data banks, along with cabled and and wi-fi internet connections. Access to the library is free. To take advantage of certain services it is necessary to register and show the membership card.
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It is more than a library

You can learn a lot about the history of Bologna. It is not only a library it is a museum as well, under your feet there is the living history.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

You can learn a lot about the history of Bologna. It is not only a library it is a museum as well, under your feet there is the living history.

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Geneva, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Great library with interesting exhibitions. But there is one shocking thing which tipically represents Bologna if not Italy : toilets inside of the library are only open to students! In fact, you need a student card to have the right to piss in the toilets!!! My god, what a shame for Bologna again!

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Belgian Westhoek, Belgium
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

History under your feet, nice to visit like so many things in Italy. The lady at the entrance should be replaced!! Unfriendly and unhelpful... but not the first time in Italy

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

Salaborsa is more than a library. It includes a cafe and area(s) where one can sit and surf the 'net or just relax and read. I really enjoy spending time in there.

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Quito, Ecuador
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

The library itself is a beautiful structure, and the main floor has some art/photography exhibits that are also quite interesting. What I really found fascinating, however, was in the basement. The foundation of this building, which is one of the first building sites in Bologna and seems to have served as everything from government offices to financial/trade centers to a... More 

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Nice, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

An unusual library. The main attraction is the bright central hall, spacious yet cozy at the same time, with an artful soaring ceiling. We went there for wi-fi but felt so comfortable we didn't want to leave. The very welcoming coffee bar sells excellent fresh pastries, but also beer (yes, right in the library). Salaborsa is a part of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

In a corner of Piazza Maggiore this Biblioteca has a see-through main floor to an excavated site below of archeological ruins. But, don't just look at it through the floor...you can descend to the basement and walk through this site. No charge to do so.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

The building is a very beautiful one. It is the Accursio Palace, former seat of the historic town that overlooks the Piazza Maggiore, always the center and heart of Bologna Inside there are some ruins and a library; it is free and very much worth a quick visit.

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Farnham, Surrey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The basement of this building had an excavated site underneath the building that you could go down into and see the various levels of the cities foundations from medieval times right up to the present. Very interesting indeed and well presented. Well worth the visit. The building itself forms the main bibliotech of the city and there were many facets... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

At the same time, it is a place that is very modern but reminds one of different epochs in the past . You can walk on top of archeological ruins , seen from above but you also you can have an idea of a19th century exchange and commodities market and yhou are in a contemporary library, where exhibitions are held.

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