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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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Fascinating glimpse of Bologna in the past

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.

Reviewed 1 week ago
Anne P
Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago 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.

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 23 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 

1 Thank Mikel P
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.

1 Thank Mick B
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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Manaus, AM
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Reviewed 22 January 2017

The best surprise for a rainy day: it was raining, so it was a museum-visiting-day. Right in front of the famous Neptune statue and fountain, is the Salabrosa Library, so I decided to have a coffee to dry up and have some measure time with my wife, after walking in the rain. Inside, a modern library in a fully renovated... More 

3 Thank Ramesh27
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Reviewed 15 January 2017

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 

2 Thank Laufam_travellers
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Reviewed 3 January 2017

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 

2 Thank Giuseppe M
Santa Monica, California
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

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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