National Library of Malta

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Bibliothecae Melitensis
(National Library of Malta)
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National Library of Malta white stone eighteenth-century building with a pillared portico
Country Malta
Type National Library
Established 1776 (239 years ago) (1776)
Location 36 Old Treasury Street, Valletta, Malta
Coordinates 35°53′54″N 14°30′49″E / 35.8983°N 14.5135°E / 35.8983; 14.5135Coordinates: 35°53′54″N 14°30′49″E / 35.8983°N 14.5135°E / 35.8983; 14.5135
Items collected reference library
Legal deposit Yes
Website Official website

The National Library of Malta, often known as the Bibliotheca, is a reference library in Valletta, Malta.


It was founded in 1766 during the grand-mastership of Emmanuel de Rohan. For a time it was known as the Bibliotheca Tanseana in honour of Louis Guérin de Tencin, whose collections formed the nucleus of the library. It became a legal deposit library in 1925, and from 1936 was known as the Royal Malta Library. The name was changed to National Library of Malta in 1976.[1]

Interior of the library


  1. ^ History. Malta Libraries. Archived 3 February 2014.