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Biblioteca Salaborsa

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Address: Piazza Nettuno 3, 40124 Bologna, Italy
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+39 051 219 4400
10:00 - 20:00
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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 may be worth moving to Bologna just for the library!

Disclaimer: I am a librarian and a book nerd. It is not strange that I get excited about libraries. I have seen some fabulous libraries around the world, but the Salaborsa library... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Disclaimer: I am a librarian and a book nerd. It is not strange that I get excited about libraries. I have seen some fabulous libraries around the world, but the Salaborsa library is truly amazing! It is a fabulous modern city library with lovely kids' areas, one for tiny tots and one for bigger kids, and wonderful sections for adults... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The citizens here clearly love their library. A very friendly staff for a well-stocked library in a unique site. It has it all: a lively louvred court to meet up with friends and sip coffee ore read the news and quiet reading rooms and study boots. It made me happy. On the top floor there is an exibition on urban... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

library except go downstairs you'll learn how we got started. didn't see library except the ceiling which itself i found to be worth the visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We loved the library space because 1) it was warm! 2) the cafe was a welcome break 3) the ruins were fascinating.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016 via mobile

The biblioteca is worth a visit but this review is about the café in the basement. Warm and welcoming, packed with locals. They have a great choice of snacks, lunches etc all at reasonable price. It also a great place to sit and people wstch.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Biblioteca Salaborsa, in the very centre of Bologna, well deserves a visit. Its interior is beautiful, inviting to a prolonged stay. In fact, this is a living library, with plenty of seats and space for reading and studying. There are even a number of rooms of different sizes that can be reserved for small groups to work together. In fact,... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Massive Library with unique construction and glass flooring. Very active through out the day and very Picturesque from inside

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

This is a communal building with 3 floors. It is actually a library but has a lot to offer. You can easily find free city-wifi there. And of course under the floor you can see the original remainings from roman times. I didn't walk down the basement but even from the top it is pretty charming.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

Worth a look, especially with Bologna being the seat of the oldest university in Europe. Love seeing libraries, etc. in other places. p.s. good bathrooms for ladies too!!!!! (also you can find a good one on the third floor of Coin!)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is a lovely building with an extensive exhibition on the top floor about city projects. But it is difficult to see one of the most interesting parts, the Roman remains beneath the ground floor, because the glass surface is so badly damaged and we were told that we could only visit the remains on a few days in the... More 

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