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National Library of Malta

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National Library of Malta

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Get away from the main island of Malta in search of sea and sunshine on this tour from Bugibba. Visit the Crystal Lagoon (if traveling in June-October), followed by the Blue Lagoon on Comino for swimming and snorkeling. From here, continue to Gozo Island, where you have the choice of enjoying free time at your leisure or taking a tour of the island's historic sites before cruising back to Bugibba via the Santa Maria pirate caves.
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Steve Y wrote a review Apr 2020
Silver Spring, Maryland4,137 contributions386 helpful votes
Didn't get time to enter the library to visit, however we passed by and admired the exterior. There was a cool statue of Queen Victoria at the entrance. There were also come really picturesque light posts - see pics for details. Will definitely enter and spend some time perusing the literature the next time I visit Valletta.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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David P wrote a review Feb 2020
Leicester, United Kingdom108 contributions30 helpful votes
As a retired lecturer, I love libraries anyway; this one is special because the books are so large and so ancient. They are stored in very high bookshelves, with a few on display in glass cases. You can also observe researchers working on them, sitting at computers. The ceiling is very high and imposing. You won't need to be in there very long, but it's free!
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Date of experience: February 2020
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juliethetraveller123 wrote a review Dec 2019
Greater Manchester, United Kingdom199 contributions48 helpful votes
Close to the Cathedral with the statue of Queen Victoria in front. It is free to enter but register with passport prior to entry. Only researchers are allowed to use the area with seating. No photos allowed, lots of very old books and aged scripts are displayed inside.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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Dmitri D wrote a review Dec 2019
Valencia, Spain192 contributions13 helpful votes
It’s one of those places where you can literally touch and smell the time. Miles of shelves of old books and repository of the Hospitaliers’ archive - the library is a true staple of the Maltese culture.
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Date of experience: December 2019
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telmac wrote a review Sep 2019
10 contributions3 helpful votes
This is a very small library - you can see all the exhibits in about 40 minutes if you examine each piece. I enjoyed my visit. However, as an antique book collector I was concerned to see how the books are stored. The metal mesh covering multiple shelves has caught the spines of many of the books and has torn them. Also, some very large folio books are stored upright when they should be lying down to avoid damaging the spices. The weight of the text block can cause it to separate from the spine. The spine holds the book together and is an important feature of the book’s structure. As some shelves are not full, the books are falling over and leaning on each other and are lopsided - at an angle - damaging the spines even more. As some of these books are very old and irreplaceable, shouldn’t more care be taken of Malta’s heritage? My concern for the books is why I gave this review 3 stars otherwise I would have given it 5 stars as the books are beautiful.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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