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Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria (National University Library)

The foundation of the Biblioteca Nazionale Universitaria (National University Library) in Turin dates back to 1723 thanks to Vittorio Amedeo II of Savoy, with the amalgamation of the three main book funds present in the city: the books of the Municipality, the collection of the Regia Università and the books of the crown, collected by the dukes of Savoy. 
The Biblioteca of the Regia Università distinguished itself immediately in its cataloguing work of the manuscript heritage and also increased its heritage of printed books, thanks to the granting of the printing right privilege, significant gifts and the acquisition of various funds. Further collections were obtained as a result of the suppression of the Compagnia di Gesù and in the Napoleonic era, when the conventual suppressions saw the confiscation of numerous ecclesiastical libraries amounting to more than 30,000 books.
The richness of the collections preserved in the XIX century ensured that the Biblioteca, at the time of the reorganisation of Italian libraries, which took place with the R.D. (Regulation) of 20 January 1876, was included among the first grade "autonomous" libraries and was awarded the title of "Nazionale" placed before the traditional title of "Universitaria". 
In 1904, on the night between 25 and 26 January, a fire devastated five rooms of the library destroying a third of the manuscripts held and other important documents.
In 1957 the construction of the current premises in piazza Carlo Alberto began, and finished in 1973, when the move of books and offices took place.
The new Biblioteca was inaugurated on 15 October 1973. Two years later the management of the Institute changed from the Ministry of Education to the newly created Ministry of National Heritage and the Environment and in 1998 to the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture.
With more than a million books, it is the largest library institution in Piedmont. Among the important collections of manuscripts, rare and valuable books the musical fund is worthy of mention, which includes 92% of the manuscripts of Antonio Vivaldi existing today.

 

 

Director: dott. Andrea De Pasquale

Piazza Carlo Alberto, 3

10123 TORINO

Tel. +39 011 8101111

Fax +39 0118121021

www.bnto.librari.beniculturali.it

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Biblioteca Reale (Royal Library)

The Biblioteca Reale (Royal Library), founded by king Carlo Alberto of Savoy-Carignano (1798-1849), located in the ground floor of the east wing of the Palazzo Reale (Royal Palace), was inserted in the elegant setting designed in 1837 by the court architect Pelagio Palagi and mainly houses works of history of the Savoy States and of historical sciences. 
It preserves precious medieval illuminated manuscripts - of which the sumptuous missals of duke Amedeo VIII are an exquisite example - elegant portolans, rare incunables, splendid and spectacular albums designed by Giovanni Tommaso Borgonio, seventeenth-century naturalistic atlases - unique examples in content and quality - belonging to the duke Carlo Emanuele I. The Theatrum Sabaudiae, published in Amsterdam in 1682, bears witness to the will of the dukes of Savoy to entrust to printing the popularisation of the magnificence of the capital, of the residences and their region represented in coloured tables with a strong visual impact.

The graphical collection of the Library, acquired by king Carlo Alberto in 1839, is of exceptional value, composed of drawings by great Italian and foreign masters from the XIV to the XVIII century and rendered extraordinary by the presence of thirteen autographed sheets by Leonardo da Vinci. Since 1998, in the Sala Leonardo, created with the contribution of the Council for the Promotion of the Artistic and Cultural Heritage of Turin, bibliographical and historical-artistic material is exhibited in rotation in accordance with a precise policy of promotion of the heritage held.

 

 

 

Director: dott.ssa Giovanni Saccani

Piazza Castello, 191  

10122 TORINO

Tel. +39 011 543855 

Fax +39 011 5178259

www.bibliotecareale.beniculturali.it

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