National Central Library of Rome (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale)

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The National Library Vittorio Emanuele II, was founded in 1873, it contains the funds of circa 70 suppressed convents and was transferred here from the old seat in Palazzo del Collegio Romano. The new seat was opened on January 31, 1975 and occupies the territory of 56,000 sq.m.. It consists of three buildings. The book store's capacity is 6 million volumes; the reading halls have 1000 seats. The great library complex includes also the National Center of the unique catalog and a terminal for elaboration of the data.

National Central Library of Rome (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale)
The library possesses more than 6 millions of volumes and booklets (a copy of every book published in Italy has to be sent here), more than 84 000 manuscripts, nearly 2000 incunabula, 6000 periodicals in course of publication and 4000 closed ones, 44 000 magazines, 29.436 videos, 198 cd-rom,s 177 000 microfilms, 7.500 audiovisual and digital documents, 10.762 scores, photos, 20 000 maps, 10 000 prints and drawings, nearly 30,000 autographs, more geographic maps and prints.

The project of National Library was executed by architects Castellazzi, D'Andrea and Vitellozzi. The internal spaces reserved for the public have been recently restructured according to the requirements of a modern library.
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Architectural barriers have been completely removed. The realization of the project, which privileged curved elements and last generation materials, has increased book's distribution places; reading rooms have been expanded and organized in thematic areas; new meeting and seminar rooms have been created, as well as a cafè and a bookshop, and the internal gardens have been tide up. The reading rooms, born the day after the Library's relocation to the current site (1975) and completely renewed today, constitute the central core of the collections development. External spaces have also been reorganized with the erection of an Amphitheatre and with a simple approach road lighted up by street lamps.

Lately, the Exhibition Hall area has been replanned and thanks to this, it has been adjusted to every kind of need requested for the improvement and valorisation of cultural heritages.

The Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information [Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le informazioni bibliografiche (ICCU)] of National Central Library (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale) manages the online catalogue of the Italian libraries and the interlibrary loan and document delivery National services; promotes and coordinates National Census of manuscripts, of 16th Century Italian editions and of the Italian libraries; develop standards and guidelines for the cataloguing and digitization. Founded in 1951 as the National Centre for the Unique Catalogue, it took its present name in 1975. ICCU works closely with the Regions and Universities to the service of libraries, librarians and citizens.

National Central Library of Rome (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale)
Viale Castro Pretorio, 105
00185, Rome, Lazio, Italy
Zone: Rione Castro Pretorio (Porta Pia) (Roma centro)
National Central Library of Rome (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale) is Shown By "Map F Zone" As "38"
Underground: B line, Castro Pretorio exit
Bus: 75, 310, 492, 649, 9
Getting Biblioteca Nazionale From Fiumicino Airport: If you arrive in Rome by plane, you can take a taxi from Fiumicino Airport or the FS non-stop train Fiumicino Airport - Termini Station. From Termini Station, which is 10 minutes walking from ICCU, you can take B line tube to Castro Pretorio - way Rebibbia. Parkking: Paying car park reserved, entrance on Viale Castro Pretorio.

Contact - National Central Library of Rome (Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale)
Hours: Mon-Fri 8.30am-6.50pm, Saturday 8.30am-1.30pm, Closed Sunday.
Phone number: 39 0649891
Fax: 39 064457635
Email: , (only for public administration)

Contact - Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane e per le Informazioni Bibliografiche (Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information)
Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-1.30pm, Wednesday also 3pm-6.30, Closed Saturday and Sunday.
Tel: 0039 0649210425 - 064989425
Fax: 0039 06 4959302

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