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Biblioteca Salaborsa

Piazza del Nettuno 3, 40124 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 219 4400
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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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Piazza del Nettuno 3, 40124 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 219 4400
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Reviewed 3 days ago

The glass floor shows the excavations under the building, although it is not very clear. You can however go down and walk underneath to obtain a better view. It is quite an historic building being the old stock exchange, and now a library. There is...More

Thank Grace C
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely building, old 'stock exchange' converted into a library and general meeeting centre. Cafe/bar very convenient. Underground are Roman remains and later building of Bologna.

Thank Alan F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have excavated Roman ruins underneath this wonderful library. You can see the ruins under the floor and also go down and visit them (a donation is requested, but not required.) Don't miss the top floor exhibition either! A great place for families to take...More

Thank Aleece K
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A library that used to be the stock exchange. The interior is very interesting as are the archeological excavations underneath the building which show Roman remains. If you're in the main piazza it is definitely worth a quick look.

Thank AJJS1
Reviewed 14 August 2017

Worth stopping in. One of the loveliest and most interesting libraries I've even seen. They had a great exhibit of old movie posters in their main area when we were there. Very cool

Thank Bob R
Reviewed 31 July 2017

During a month long stay in Italy (touring around), I unexpectedly needed a place to research and develop a presentation. My hotel room was hot and pokey and not really an option; happily, being in Bologna (the university City) I didn't have to look far....More

Thank 233nickb
Reviewed 28 July 2017

The excavations in the basement of this public library are free to visit and very worthwhile. There are plaques to explain what you are looking at which are in English.The building is vast with many different areas housing children's sections, meeting rooms and a cafe.

Thank Sunseeker215
Reviewed 27 July 2017

What a nice surprise to visit this building , with a nice ceiling ...this a interactive library where you can fulfill your day...

Thank doresg
Reviewed 9 July 2017

What a good way to incorporate an attraction, like the ancient settlements, into a library! The library in itself is beautiful but this gave it an extra dimension. Do go there.

Thank Inger H
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

What the guide book should say is............look through the dirty scratched glass tiles to make out some of the railings and walkways which you would walk on to see the historical foundations of the city, if the ruins were open. Should also note if you...More

Thank Janet L
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