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Biblioteca Salaborsa

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Address: Piazza del Nettuno 3, 40124 Bologna, Italy
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+39 051 219 4400
10:00 - 20:00
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Tue - Fri 10:00 - 20:00
Sat 10:00 - 19:00

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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A modern twist

I have entered the Biblioteca Salaborsa by coincidence at first. We were resting in Piazza Maggiore and then we saw that everyone entered the Biblioteca. There were many... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have entered the Biblioteca Salaborsa by coincidence at first. We were resting in Piazza Maggiore and then we saw that everyone entered the Biblioteca. There were many sections(travel, art) and the architecture was nice. At the bottom of the building you could also see the ruins of the city

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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A hidden gem in plain sight, the Biblioteca Salaborsa is a library to the north west (30m), of the statue of Neptune. Popular with the locals (the kids you'll have to dodge walking up the stairs), it's a library with a popular coffee shop. The magic however is at your feet, with glass floors looking down onto roman ruins. These... More 

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Check out the subterranean view. Really cool. Seems to be a kind of meeting place for the locals, with a coffee shop as well.

Thank sannahadda
Budapest, Hungary
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It is an inspiring building with a lot of light and all kinds of books and provides a really modern environment for reading. Even if you don't stay, do drop in when you are walking in Bologna's center, because it is stunnig .

Thank Ágnes K
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 12 April 2017

We were particularly interested to see the archaeological finds in the basement. We were the only ones there, the signs were very clear and informative.

Thank Anne P
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Very interesting place. Originally the economic centre of the city, but now a large communal area with many interesting features. Beneath the large enclosed courtyard are Roman ruins. Again free entry. Really interesting but could do with a bit more of the history of this section. In the top floor they had some interactive exhibits. Worth a visit.

Thank CardiffMaddie
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 285 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 March 2017

We visited the library around 6:30PM on a Thursday in September. The library itself is pretty, but we were more interested in the Roman ruins below. To our disappointment, access to the Roman ruins closes earlier than does the library (6PM instead of 8PM). Unfortunately, we didn't get to see the ruins close up, but the view from above the... More 

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North Shields, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 22 February 2017

I walked into the Sala borsa library from the Neptuno piazza in the morning. In the middle of the building it is a covered square with glass floors and underneath there are the remains of ancient Bologna. These remains contrast with the modern ceilings and the functional library. You are able to access to the site through one of the... More 

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Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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Reviewed 19 February 2017

How often do you find a public library in the dead-center of a city (a line of locals lining up to get in at opening time) and find art nouveau combined with the archelogical? Free of charge.

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 February 2017

The library is very busy but noisy. Nice to look round when bored or it's raining outside. Wanted to go downstairs to the ruins but apparently it was closed and this was at half 3 so god knows when they are open. Don't bother unless you're are seriously bored

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