Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria di Torino, Turin

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The National University Library in Turin, Italy, is one of the country's main libraries.It was founded in 1720 as the Royal University Library by Victor Amadeus II, who unified collections from the library of the University of Turin and from the library of the Dukes of Savoy. It was renamed as the National Library in 1872, after Italian unification.In 1904 a fire destroyed thousands of books and manuscripts from the library. Expertise gained from recovering from the fire was used to train restorers like Erminia Cuadana.The library was also bombed in December 1942.At present time it owns over 763,833 books, 1,095 periodicals and 1,600 incunabula.Further reading G. Ratti, Dal libro alla biblioteca. Le biblioteche pubbliche, Alessandria, Dell'Orso, 1993.
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  • Entering is a cumbersome operation: you have to deposit bags and backpacks in the lockers and bring all your belongings by hand, you enter only with the health card (you need to sign up the first time you want to enter), inside the water bottles go held on the ground. The staff is not always friendly and sometimes does not respect silence at all. The peculiarity of this library, however, is that there are many rare books that elsewhere are untraceable.
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  • In Piazza Carlo Alberto occupies the entire side this library located in beautiful mansion, is a place for cultural growth.
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  • This beautiful library has a facade that reminds to Napoleon Turin period. It is composed by Ancient Rome period statues in accordance to the architectural style of King Carlo Alberto square. Statues are also present in the back facade of Carignano Palace which hosts National Museum of Risorgimento. A central statues monument of posterior period, probably relevant to the occupation of French soldiers in XV century -> see Pietro Micca Italian patriot history, is present in the square. A formerly students used books market was present down the arcade facing the square (books were not in mint). I bought some, I remember a geography book for high school which has damaged back and cover. Also an electronic book that was not in good condition. The library has a beautiful arch at the entrance, central to the facade. Entering the hall there is the reception. At both sides of the hall there are boxes to leave students bags. Entrance is allowed badging (there is a badge reader) Italian Fiscal-Sanitary Card. Visitors may be admitted exhibiting a document. They give you a pass. There is also an auditorium. It could be useful to plan teaching activity for all citizens. In the hall sometimes an art, music or author exhibition is organized. In the back of the hall there are automatic vendor coffee, tea, chocolate machine with some armchair to relax during studying and eating your personal meal you brought from home. Going upstairs (there are two elevators) at first floor there are bathrooms, a room that was used as University Research Magazines reading room, now has a different usage. Going upstairs at second floor there is a big reading room. The lightning system does not fit for studying, it is not designed for a large room. it should be revised. At second floor you can find the book borrow reception, too. There is also a third floor I never discovered. The back of the palace hosting the library is modern so I think the old building was hit by bombing during World War II. The facade is a reconstruction made after War, so the entire building. In the proximity of the square there is ancient Campana Palace, Carlo Alberto street, which hosts Math Turin University Department and Giuseppe Peano Math Library.
  • Nice exhibition of war photography by John Phillips in basement. Staff very friendly and keen to discuss the work.
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