Libraries in Rome

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  • joeyo
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    Very small but stunningly beautiful library. Visitors welcome but access to books and seating is limited. Staff very accommodating the day I was there. I stayed for about an hour and felt privileged to do so. A real pleasure.
    Written December 6, 2019
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  • Bywood
    Toronto, Canada632 contributions
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    Beautiful library that is open to the public. What I found interesting is that residents can check out most of these books which are hundreds of years old. The globes are cool on how people envisioned what the earth looked like. Worth a half hour visit.
    Written November 25, 2023
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  • U cafè è pavatu
    Province of Reggio Calabria, Italy373 contributions
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    If you're in the area, this little café / bookshop is well worth a visit. It's an incredibly relaxing place to spend an hour sipping at a coffee whilst perusing the small but very well-chosen selection of books.
    Written December 31, 2014
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  • Jenny L
    Berlin, Germany25 contributions
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    Was nice to see where Goethe lived during his Italienreise. In the museum there were some drawers visitors could open to read background information and citations. Even more information about the time he was living in would have been great though.
    Written October 18, 2016
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  • on_the_go_98765
    Tucson20,631 contributions
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    Almost 300 years worth of 35,000 volumes have been compiled here. It is primarily a research and study library and not so much a tourist spot. The subjects cover history, archeology, architecture, and art history. As the library is temporarily closed, there was no access to the third floor museum.

    Although it may be interesting but, if time is limited, I'd recommend moving this stop much further down the list of priorities.
    Written October 21, 2018
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  • Studio Timografia
    Venice, Italy234 contributions
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    There are few places in the world that has truly taken my breath away. Borromini created an absolute masterpiece. Upon entering the modest doorway to the left of the entrance to the neighbouring church, indiscrete signs led me to the second floor to the library. Passing through the linen curtains and climbing an elegant flight of granite stairs, I found myself on the other side of an ancient wooden doorway. Entering quietly, I politely introduced myself to a team of four working diligently. I whisper that it is my first time at the library and after a few murmurs amongst themselves, a lovely woman named Chiara asked me to follow her. Doing so, she led me through a beautiful doorway and into the magical world that which is Borromini’s library. Stunning. The space is open to the public, however check the website for hours. They were preparing for an exposition so I made my visit short, but the ten minutes that I spent there has left a profound effect. I was transported to another time. Even after living in the Eternal City for five years, I had no idea that this exquisite space was in between my home and my office. Thank you Chiara for taking the time to show me around and to talk with me about the history!!!!! You made my day!
    Written April 29, 2018
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  • Chinapjs
    Washington DC, DC3,642 contributions
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    Ran across this on the way to Trastevere via the old Jewish Ghetto. The twin buildings were palaces with a middle courtyard. The architecture is impressive and the statuary and decoration very very interesting.
    Written November 3, 2017
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  • dapper777
    Monaco62,579 contributions
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    It is located next to the church of San Luigi dei Francesi, in the heart of the historic center of Rome, a stone's throw from Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, next to the Saint-Louis de France Cultural Centre.
    It is lovely, we spent half an hour browsing around, through the shelves and catalogues.
    There was a book presentation and the bookstore was almost packed.
    There were many Italians and also some visitors and foreigners.
    It is like a meeting place between French and Italian culture.
    We had few words with the owners too.
    There are around wenty-five thousand books of a very varied subjects and topics: literature, human sciences, figurative arts, theology, teaching of the French language ... without forgetting children's books, comics, paperbacks, but also DVDs and games for children.
    Very friendly people and most of the books for sale in the bookstore have the same price that they would have if sold in France.
    Go and have a look.
    It is worth it.
    Recommended.
    Written March 2, 2020
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  • dapper777
    Monaco62,579 contributions
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    The municipal library of the San Lorenzo district was previously located in Via dei Sardi, in the spaces of the school building located there, from 1979 until 19 April 1995, when the new headquarters inside Villa Mercede was inaugurated.
    On 27 October 2017, the inauguration and naming ceremony of the Villa Mercede Library took place after the great scholar of the Italian language Tullio De Mauro, who died in January of that year.
    Tullio De Mauro, distinguished connoisseur and expert of the Italian language and academic of the University of Rome, had been, among the numerous and relevant roles he held, he was also the first President of the Istituzione Libraries of Rome in 1996-97.
    It is a quite small municipal library.
    You must have the enrollment card, in order that you may borrow books as much as you like.
    The library staff are friendly and helpful.
    It is a small corner of paradise, surrounded by greenery among beautiful and luxuriant plants.
    From the outside it looks like a cottage that comes out of the world of fairy tales.
    Recommended.
    Written July 24, 2023
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