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Biblioteca Salaborsa

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Address: Piazza Nettuno 3, 40124 Bologna, Italy
Phone Number: +39 051 219 4400
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10:00 - 19:00
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Tue - Fri 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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Café

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Kincardine, United Kingdom
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Kincardine, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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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Lisbon, Portugal
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Valencia, Spain
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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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Newbury
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016

This build contains the floor of the old stock exchange with the old trading floor now an open space. Underneath is the excavated part of the medieval city which is worth visiting. There is a cafe, a library but more importantly, a very clean public toilet which costs €1.50 to use.

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016 via mobile

I was really impressed by the whole package in this building - a good cafe, beautiful ceiling and architecture, and the ruins under the glass floor. Definitely worth the visit.

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Sutton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Well worth a visit, the Biblioteca is so much more than just a library - it's a meeting space, there's a great restaurant and apparently there even used to be a basketball court right in the centre (you can still see the markings on the floor in places in the central atrium) There are Roman ruins below it, which were... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

We had read about this place and intended visiting but when we did go we only saw the ruins from above. In some places visibility from the glass floor was poor and we missed the signage to go downstairs to see the ruins. Our fault, but disappointing

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