Arts Library

Biblioteca delle Arti

biblioteca delle arti iconaThe Reggio Emilia Civic Museums Library may not be widely known, but has actually set up way back in 1970 by Gaetano Chierici, who also founded the “Museo di Storia Patria” (Museum of Homeland History).
This is a specialist library of Archaeology and Art History boasting a vast assortment of over 50,000 volumes, and has been a reference point for archaeologists and art historians for many decades.
Since 2009, it has been housed inside Palazzo Parmeggiani, overlooking Piazza della Vittoria. In the first half of the 19th century this building, which was erected on the site of the ancient church of Saint Egidio, was renovated and connected to the portico, designed by the architect Giuseppe Marchelli, used to house the coaches of the near theatre.
Bought in 1921 by Luigi Parmeggiani, the entire block was restored by the architect Ascanio Ferrari. Like all museum libraries, it was set up in the 19th century, to provide the director and museum employees to manage the assets of the museum in the best way possible.
In 1987 it was opened to the public. It is divided into the following five sections: Archaeology, Art History, Periodicals, old and rare books (with editions dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries) and the Newspapers and Magazines Library. The ground floor houses the Didart documentation centre of museum-related educational activities and the young reader section of the Library.


p.zza della Vittoria, 5
42121 Reggio Emilia
Tel. +39 0522456809

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