Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma

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Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma
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The Library building
Country Italy
Type Public, National library.
Established 1876 (140 years ago) (1876)
Location Via Castro Pretorio 105, Rome[1]
Size 7,000,000 books, 10,000 drawings, 20,000 maps, 25,000 16th century editions, 8,000 manuscripts, 2,000 Incunabula.
Access and use
Access requirements Open to anyone of 18 years or older
Other information
Director Osvaldo Avallone[1]

The Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma (Rome National Central Library), in Rome, is one of two central national libraries of Italy, along with Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze in Florence. (In total, The National Library of Italy has 47 branches [2]) The library's mission is to collect and preserve all the publications in Italy and the most important foreign works, especially those related to Italy,[3] and make them available to anyone.[4] The collection currently includes more than 7,000,000 printed volumes, 2,000 incunabula, 25,000 cinquecentine (16th century books), 8,000 manuscripts, 10,000 drawings, 20,000 maps, and 1,342,154 brochures.[5]


The Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma was inaugurated on 14 March 1876 inside the Collegio Romano, once site of the Jesuit's Bibliotheca Secreta, which set up the initial core of the new library. One century later the library moved to the today's location.[4] The current building was designed by architects Massimo Castellazzi, Tullio Dell'Anese and Annibale Vitellozzi and opened in January 1975.


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Coordinates: 41°54′24″N 12°30′29″E / 41.90676°N 12.50807°E / 41.90676; 12.50807