Public municipal libraries are 24 in total, they are placed in each district all around the city and they promote free access to knowledge and information. Basically, each neighbourhood of the city has its own library and they build a system allowing to search, book online and withdraw books and dvds from each of the libraries. The aim is to promote free access to knowledge and information. All of them realize a dense network where you can find and reserve books and movies. All libraries develop specific projects concerning literature and reading, stimulating participation, boosting dialogue among citizens, in order to promote interaction with the territory and local associations. They also consolidate the sense of belonging to communities. In addition, pubblic libraries organise free classes, seminars, meetings (for example art laboratories, classes aimed at people over 60 regarding how to use smartphones and pcs and meetings with authors conferences on local history and reading workshops) as well as activities for kids and teenagers. Icing on the cake the librarians, constantly cultured and motivated, who kindly respond to all visitors' requests, from Danielle Steel’s last novel (provided it’s not overbooked already!) to the last kid’s horror novel..
During summer exams, the best libraries to choose are those located in cozy green spaces - for example the Affori Library, located on the first floor of the Villa Litta Modignani, or the Parco Sempione Library, where it is possible to sit down at the tables in the open air.
The queen of Milan’s municipal libraries is the Sormani Library. This historical building in the city centre contains about a million books and it has wide and crowded study halls, a complete collection of newspapers and magazines from all over the world, and extremely rare media footage. There is also a nice garden sometimes used for conferences and literary marathons. Moreover, the Sormani Library is involved in an exchange of volumes and magazines from all over the world.
In 2013, the City Hall inaugurated the first Resident Library set in via Rembrandt - establishing a dialogue among the Lorenteggio district inhabitants and the whole city.
But there are beautiful libraries outside the municipal library circuit as well.
Let’s discover them!