A tour of the most beautiful libraries in Milano

Milano is UNESCO City for Literature also thanks to its historical tradition of libraries

Milano has a long history in matter of libraries. Public City Hall libraries are 24, they are placed in each district all around the city and they 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, encouraging participation, boosting dialogue among citizens, in order to promote interaction with territory and local associations. They also consolidate the sense of belonging to communities. In addition, pubblic libraries organise classes, courses, seminars, meetings (for example art laboratories, courses directed at over 60 year-old people concerning how to use smartphones and pcs and meetings with authors) and activities dedicated to teenagers and little readers. Icing on the cake the librarians, constantly cultured and motivated, who kindly respond to all visitors' requests.

During summer examination, cozy libraries to be attended are the ones concentrated in green areas - for example Affori Library, in Villa Litta Modignani, or Parco Sempione Library, where it is possible to stop and study among open air tables. 

Queen of libraries is Sormani Library. The ancient palace placed in the city centre shields a million books more or less and it has ample and crowded study halls, a complete collection of journals and magazines from all over the world, and extremely rare media documents. There is also a nice garden sometimes used for conferences and literary marathons. 

In 2013, the City Hall inaugurated the first Resident Library set in Rembrandt street - establishing a dialogue among Lorenteggio district inhabitants and the whole city. 

But there are beautiful libraries out of City Hall library systems. Let’s take a ride among them.

Ambrosiana Library

Piazza Pio XI, 2

From the city centre, it is possible to visit beautiful Ambrosiana Library, commissioned by Federigo Borromeo Archbishop and inaugurated in 1609. It was one of the first libraries with free access for everyone able in reading and writing. The building is baroccan style, with a rectangular yard which seems to be guarded by statues of ancient erudites placed along sides. Today the library shields extremely rare books and very ancient manuscripts. It represents a perfect place for conferences or unique events - such as Gran Ball inspired to past times. 

Library of the Metropolitan Chapter of Milan

Piazza del Duomo, 16

Milano most ancient library is hidden inside Canoci of Duomo building from 1635. It is called "Capitolare" and it was built in Medieval times. All textbooks shielded in the library form a treasure for history researchers. 

Braidense National Library

Via Brera, 28

Braidense National Library is a public library set inside the namesake building, together with Pinacoteca and Academy. Santa Maria Teresa, Braidense and Catalogues halls are the most beautiful rooms which deserve a visit, moreover when there are exhibitions.It was inaugurated around 1700 and everything stored inside has a national value. 

Ca’ Granda of Policlinico di Milano Foundation Library

Via Francesco Sforza, 28

Ca’ Granda of Policlinico di Milano Foundation Library shields an enormous number of scientific books, in particular medical ones. From consultation to publications, the library is a research polo where it is possible to deepen medical history. In 2016, the library opened its doors to Milano citizens and thanks to its 3 kilometers shelves it actually is one of the biggest scientific libraries in Europe.