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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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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 city that reads

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Mick B
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

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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