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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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We called in here by accident and went down to see the ruins. They are well preserved. If nothing else it gets you out of the heat.

Thank Kathrynowl91
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Under a glass floor and down below is an archeological dig with walkways and explanations in English revealing construction from 750 BC !

1  Thank Suzanne B
Reviewed 11 June 2017

Fantastic library - and civic meeting space, Under the glass floor you can see (and then visit the excavations of Roman and Medieval Bologna. Free to visit - Donation asked for to go to the ruins in the basement.

Thank Albia-Newton
Reviewed 31 May 2017 via mobile

This is certainly unlike any library I've ever seen! It has a great open center with a cafe and very interesting seating. The floor is transparent and so you can see the excavations below. Even cooler, you can go underground to the excavations and see...More

Thank Christine S
Reviewed 17 May 2017

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...More

1  Thank Denisa I
Reviewed 15 May 2017

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...More

Thank rconyard
Reviewed 12 May 2017

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
Reviewed 7 May 2017 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
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