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Scuderie, Sotterraneo, First floor, Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi

There are more than 300,000 volumes, 70,000 of which are for children and teenagers; all books are placed on open shelves in subject order. Every day new titles and books are added to the collection.

contemporary fiction and literature
Contemporary fiction can be found in the Scuderie room in alphabetical order by author. In this section you can find books by authors whose works belong to the period after 1945. Original language and translated versions are available. In the Sotterraneo (Scuderie basement) there is a collection of Italian and foreign literature with classic works from all countries, literary criticisms, poetry and theatre texts.

In the Scuderie and Sotterraneo rooms you can find books on all subjects:
IT, philosophy and psychology, religion, social sciences, law, economics, languages, natural sciences and applied sciences, technology, art, fashion, interior design, photography, music, sport, entertainment and history. On the First floor you can find all the materials about Bologna and its surrounding area, travel and cinema, television and theatre.

foreign language books
Books are available in English, French, Spanish, German and Hebrew. There are special sections in Arabic, Chinese, Russian, Polish, Urdu, Albanian, Romanian, Bengali, Urdu and Japanese.

Bologna e dintorni
This section is on the First floor. The local collection is dedicated to the history, culture, society and institutions of Bologna and its territory with a focus on the twentieth century and contemporary society.

newspapers and magazines
On the First floor you can find more than 30 newspapers, Italian and foreign, also available in digital format on MediaLibraryOnLine, as well as weekly magazines on culture, politics and current affairs.
In addition, there are more than 300 magazines: literature, comics, art, travel, architecture, design, music, cinema, computing, cookery and sport. The latest issues can be found in the room. Back numbers can be requested to be consulted at the information desk located on the First floor (last request to be made at 6.45pm).

books for children and teenagers
In the Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi you can find illustrated books for young children, short stories, books made of cardboard, books of different shapes and game books. For older children you can find novels, poetry, fairy tales and educational books. In addition, there are more than 5000 books in 50 foreign languages.

newspapers and magazines for teenagers
Newspapers, comics, magazines on music, art, youth travel, sport, computing, geography and leisure are available in the Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi. Magazines can be borrowed except for the latest number.



where… Scuderie, Sotterraneo, Piazza coperta, First floor, Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi

in the catalogues In the two catalogues Biblioteca Salaborsa and Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi you can find what is available in the library collection (books, CDs, DVDs, CDROMs, newspapers, magazines, maps, etc.), discover where the documents are, whether they are available or not and their due date. You can access the catalogues directly from the library web pages as well as from the computers located inside the library.

on the shelves The books are placed on open shelves according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system (DDC) used in many libraries worldwide. The DDC system organises human knowledge in ten main classes numbered from 000 to 900; these are divided into sets of subclasses for each subject.
The main ten classes are:

  • 000 Generalities, general encyclopaedias, library and information sciences, …
  • 100 Philosophy, parapsychology and occultism, psychology…
  • 200 Religion, Christianity, other religions…
  • 300 Social Sciences, sociology, politics, economics, law...
  • 400 Language, linguistics, languages and language teaching
  • 500 Natural sciences, astronomy, mathematics, physics, chemistry, botanical sciences, zoological sciences…
  • 600 Applied sciences, medicine, engineering, agriculture and breeding…
  • 700 Arts and sports, visual arts, photography, architecture, music, cinema, performing arts…
  • 800 Literature, fiction, poetry, theatre, criticisms…
  • 900 Geography and history, travel guides, maps, archaeology…

Contemporary fiction is ordered alphabetically by author like the DVDs and music CDs, which are also divided by genre. Audiobooks are ordered according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system.

Reference materials that cannot be borrowed are marked with a red label.

on the shelves for children and teenagers In the Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi children's books are divided into themes: first books, fears, religions and holidays, food and health, nature, family, machines and trades, numbers and letters. Fiction books for youngsters are in alphabetical order by author with an indication of the type of book (detective, science fiction, fantasy, adventure, historical, humour, stories of youngsters); the educational books are ordered according to the Dewey Decimal Classification system.



First floor, Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi

The collection offers DVDs, music CDs and audiobooks: all new DVDs cannot be taken out in respect of the copyright law, but they can be watched on site.

More than 18,000 DVDs are available including films, documentaries and much more; you can borrow them on the First floor.

cinema and theatre
The DVD collection offers a representative selection of cinema history including films by the main directors, cinema productions from different countries with particular attention to contemporary and auteur films. The collection also includes tv series and cartoons and soundtracks on CD. Theatre videos and DVDs include Italian and foreign theatre works, classic and contemporary works, musicals, cabaret, ballet and opera music.

The collection includes videos on Bologna and its territory; in addition there are documentaries on science, nature, art, entertainment, tourism and travel, sport, history and spirituality.

Around 1,000 latest releases can be watched on the First floor. It is necessary to reserve a pc, either in person or calling 051 219 4400 (Monday through Friday 9.00 am - 1 pm).

watching for children and teenagers
Cartoons, films and documentaries: in the Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi you can watch all the videos for consultation only. You can reserve them either in person or by calling 051.2194427. This service is only for children under 16.

There are more than 22,000 CDs including Italian and foreign music, jazz and classical music. The collection also includes operas, operettas, musicals, soundtracks as well as rock, blues, rap, new age and world music. The CDs are in the Sotterraneo and can be borrowed by adults and youngsters.

listening to books Novels, classics and poetry on audiobooks available on loan.



Scuderie, First floor, Piazza coperta, Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi, on line

in the library
In the library you can find information for your job, professional growth, studies and leisure. You can choose the most suitable and reliable source: librarians constantly update and select the research tools available in every room.

on the shelves
In the Scuderie and Sotterraneo rooms you can find general encyclopaedias and encyclopaedias on specific subjects, technical dictionaries and vocabularies, catalogues, indexes and yearbooks. Atlases and maps - in particular of Bologna and the surrounding area - are available on the First floor.

The library has collections of laws and sentences updated in real time, full text archives of newspapers and weekly magazines, indexes of national and international magazines, biographical and statistical guidebooks, and catalogues of companies, universities and cultural institutes.

on the library web pages
From the servizi online menu of the website, you can access MediaLibraryOnLine, a digital repository of ebooks, MP3 files, foreign and Italian newspapers, all to be either consulted online or downloaded: all these resources can be used by cardholders through a specific registration to be made at the info desks

ask a librarian
Librarians are available to help you in the library Tuesday through Friday 10am - 7,30 pm, Saturday 10am - 7pm. Alternatively, they can be reached in the following ways:
› by phone calling 051.2194400 from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m to 1 p.m.
› by e-mail at
› from the website through the Chiedilo al bibliotecario (Ask a librarian) service, offered in cooperation with other libraries in Bologna. Any enquiries requesting short bibliographies, information on facts and events in all fields, location of books and magazines will be answered by email within three working days.

information in the Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi
By calling 051.2194411 during the library opening hours (Tuesday through Saturday 10am - 7pm) you can receive advice on readings for children, teenagers, parents and teachers and all the information necessary for first time research work and studies.



Piazza coperta

what and where
Books, videos, music CDs, audiobooks, CDROMs: a wide selection of documents is available on loan in Biblioteca Salaborsa and in the Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi. The service is only available for library members and is free of charge.

Both in Biblioteca Salaborsa and in Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi you can borrow up to 10 items.

respect the due date!
You can borrow books for 30 days, CDs and DVDs for 7 days. Renewals are possible only for books and allow a 15 days extension of the loan. They can be requested in person, by calling the information service (051 2194426 Monday through Friday 9am - 1pm) or through your personal space available on the library catalogue. Renewals of books other members have place a hold on which are not possible.

reservations and suggestions
You can reserve up to two books if they are out on loan and you can suggest the purchase of books, music CDs, DVDs, CDROMs and magazines. All the suggestions must be approved by librarians.

inter-library loan
The library offers an inter-library loan service and document delivery service so you can consult or loan works which are not available in the library but are available in other institutions outside Bologna.


Taking part

Scuderie, First floor, Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi, Piazza Coperta, online

living the library
The library organizes meetings, conferences, readings, guided tours and much more. In particular, Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi invites children, youngsters, parents, classes and teachers to take part in meetings with writers and illustrators along with events to guide you through the different literary genres and book readings. To get constantly updated, you can subscribe the monthly newsletter from here
The library's website is constantly updated with all the news and events.
This is entirely dedicated to children, teenagers and youngsters and shows the activities available, gives reading suggestions and guidelines on library usage. In addition, Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi, in cooperation with other partners, actively promotes initiatives to spread reading and the pleasure of growing up reading, such as Nati per leggere project, which is dedicated to children aged 0 to 6 and the Xanadu project, which promotes reading among teenagers.

By submitting the newsletter service, you will receive information about the latest news from the library via e-mail.



Internet Area, Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi

You can have free access to the Internet and navigate, send e-mails, use writing and calculation programs free of charge. A personal password is necessary and have to be requested at the inscription point in Piazza coperta.

in the library
You can use a pc maximum three times a week (one hour each) in the Internet Area.

navigating in the Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi
There are 9 computers with access to the Internet for children up to the age of 16, who must be accompanied by one parent in order to get the password.


Useful information

Access to the library is free. To take advantage of certain services it is necessary to register and show the membership card.

disabled access
Almost all areas of the library are accessible. The library is in a historical building so at times an indirect access route could be necessary.

joining the library
Registration is open to people who permanently or temporarily live in Italy. Under 18s willing to get a library card must have their parent's or guardian's written authorization and provide a photocopy of a valid photo ID of who signs the authorization.

rules of good conduct
Take good care of your membership card, remember your password, respect the due date, and do not damage library documents. Do not eat, drink, use your mobile phone or introduce animals in the rooms. Please place any material you have used on the trolleys. Users must behave in an appropriate manner in the library and should avoid any disturbance or offence to the library staff and other users, respecting their needs. Any infringement of any of the above mentioned rules may lead to disciplinary action, including a suspension from all the library services for a period which will be notified by the board of direction.

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Piazza Nettuno 3, 40124 Bologna - Italy

information, books and video facilities reservations:
051 2194400, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
tel +39 051.2194400
fax +39 051.2194420

opening hours

Monday 2.30pm > 8 pm (last entrance allowed at 7.45 pm)
Tuesday through Friday 10 am > 8 pm (last entrance allowed at 7.45 pm)
Saturday 10.00 am > 7 pm (last entrance allowed at 6.45 pm)

information desks close at 7.30 pm Monday through Friday
Extraordinary Sunday openings or bank holidays hours to be checked out here

>> Biblioteca Salaborsa Ragazzi

information and reservations:
051 2194411, at all times during Library opening hours

opening hours
Monday from 2.30 to 7 pm
Tuesday through Saturday 10 am > 7 pm
(last entrance is always allowed at 6.45 pm)