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fred941
Halton, UK139 contributions
A fine piece of architecture off Republic street. Was on holiday but found when approaching you can't enter at moment, except by appointment for research. Obviously covid-related safety measure. Disappointing, but understandable.
Written October 17, 2021
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Steve Y
Silver Spring, MD4,119 contributions
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.
Written April 14, 2020
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permia
Ireland37,788 contributions
Couples
In the afternoon we visited this very interesting institution. It is one of the last buildings commissioned by the Knights before their forced departure from Malta. I gather it is not included in most tourist itineraries, which I think is a pity because it is well worth an hour.

The attractive façade is in contrast to the somewhat plainer interior. Producing ID at the reception will procure visitor badges, which grants access. Ascending the lovely staircase leads to the main reading room. There is a display of important historical documents that is interesting. Bookcases around the walls contain many books, many of an older vintage.

Following further checking at the main desk and depositing of bags, we were allowed into the inner reference space containing reference and many other books and journals. Here there was a good selection of recent newspapers, many in English. We spent a while perusing these.
Written May 16, 2013
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MoBDick
Berlin, Germany263 contributions
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With the setting up of the new Public Library in Floriana in 1976, the Library in Valletta was officially designated as the "National Library of Malta" and became solely a research and reference library. It was originally completed in 1796.

One gets the sense of Maltese history the moment one enters the reference room of old books and manuscripts. It houses some of the world's most precious books dating back 700 years. Its collection includes the personal libraries of the Knights of Malta (also the archives and treasury manuscripts of that order), including archives from the medieval Università dei Giurati of Mdina and Valletta.

If books aren't your fancy, the architecture is worth a look. The original design was completed by Stefano Ittar, a Polish-born architect residing in Italy.

Still not satisfied? The Republic Square (also known as Queen's Square or Piazza Regina) is a small square found in front of the National Library in Valletta, Malta. In the middle of the square is a statue of Queen Victoria hence the name Queen's Square or Piazza Regina. The open space of the square is used by open air cafes, the most famous one being Cafe Cordina. Sit, rest, and have a coffee while looking back towards the library. We did.

WC inside Cafe Cordina
Written November 14, 2015
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Me_n_my_rucksack
Yorkshire, UK6,084 contributions
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As the other reviewer quite rightly states this building should be far higher on the tourist's radar than it is.

If anything the archetecture shows the Knights of Malta in a new light - prior to this we associated their building with huge limestone bastions and fortresses and dusty old towers - this shows their culturall side and is really refreshing in doing that.

In short a fascinating archetectural gem which is walked past by most tourists but really is worth a roam around to put the era of the knights of malta into context.
Written June 27, 2013
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illetrop
Balzan, Malta365 contributions
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A collection ofvery important manuscripts, documents and books dating back to te time of the Knights of St. John.
Not to be missed when visiting Malta
Written May 23, 2017
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LILABLACK
Los Angeles, CA41 contributions
Family
This place is exquisite! The books date so far back and it's set in such a beautiful room. Great preservation work. I just wish they sold postcards of the library!
Written May 16, 2017
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Travel1000Glen
Toronto, Canada185 contributions
Couples
This is still of course a functioning research library (most particularly for scholars working in the field of Maltese history) rather than a conventional tourist attraction, but it is well worth the ascent of the impressive staircase to see the library's handsome galleried period reading room. Display cabinets contain some of the library's visually most interesting and valuable illustrated volumes, which cumulatively offer a brief pictorial history of Malta. Entrance is free (as far as I remember): bags have to be left in the downstairs entrance hall in the lockers provided.
Written April 19, 2017
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Leona P
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Solo
I visited the library to do some family history research as my heritage is Maltese. I had to make an application and bring my passport along in order to use the library.

The staff were exceedingly helpful to me, and I am very grateful. I was handed a very old hand written record book, with records dating back to 1575, although I think the actual book was more 19th century.

I could've spent a week in there researching and as I only had a week in Malta I just spent the afternoon there. But what a treat. Speaking with one of the librarians I was able to locate genealogist on Malta who might be able help me.

I went there to research but there seem to be people coming in just to have a look round. And it is well worth a 10 minute stop if you like old libraries.

Written April 11, 2017
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Harry A
Stonehaven, UK84 contributions
Solo
I was not able to gain access to this building the day I visited as I did not have proof of identity on me the day I visited. The nice lady on the door advised me that all I needed to carry with me for future was a photo copy if I did not wish to carry originals. A good tip for future reference. But I will definitely be visiting this building next year on my visit
Written September 11, 2015
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