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Guided tour of the Biblioteca Angelica

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The visit, organized by the librarians responsible for the didactics service, allowed guests to retrace the history of the Biblioteca Angelica, which was founded in 1604 by Bishop Augustinian Angelo Rocca and has been the first European library open to the public.

Particularly interesting was the illustration of the structure of the reading room (by the architect Vanvitelli), surrounded by a high wooden shelves which retains the ancient collection: about 120,000 volumes of manuscripts and printed works, mainly relating to Saint Augustine’s thought and the history of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.

In a special room was set up an exhibition of manuscripts and other rare and valuable volumes of which were presented the peculiarities. This was a moment of professional exchange between librarians which have asked many questions about the consistency of the documentary heritage and the management of services.

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