Archaeological Museum of Bologna

Museo Civico Archeologico
Via dell'Archiginnasio 2 - 40124 Bologna

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Via de' Musei 8 – 40124 Bologna
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The Museum Library currently holds around 15,000 volumes, with an annual increase of an average of 850 texts. Particular attentions is dedicated to archaeological topography and finds in the area of Bologna of surroundings.

The periodicals section is also well-supplied, comprising 631 titles, 128 of which currently being published; among these are numerous periodicals in Slav languages, which are usually difficult to source.

In 2002, the Museum Library joined the Bologna section of the Sistema Bibliotecario Nazionale (SBN - ‘National Library System’), and online cataloguing has started of the holdings. The volumes held by the library can thus be sourced either through the traditional paper catalogue, ordered by author and title, or through the digital catalogue of the Bolognese section of the SBN via this site:

Since November 2011, the library has expanded thanks to a bequest from Prof. Mario Traina, a well-known Bolognese journalist and numismatist, who died in 2010, leaving his books to the library. His collection, housed in a wing of the pre-existing library, comprises approximately 6,000 volumes, with monographs, periodicals and many auction catalogues from Italy and abroad dedicated to coin and medal production from Antiquity to the present day. Thanks to this collection, numismatic students, scholars and amateurs can consult a fundamental series of publications, some of which hitherto impossible to find in Bologna, on a single site.

Access to the library is free of charge to all users during opening hours. The use of the reading room is reserved exclusively for consultation of the library’s books. For the moment, personal and inter-library borrowing has not been activated.

It is possible to photocopy the library’s material, in conformity with the law and the protection of author’s copyright.

The Document Delivery service for the library’s materials is also available to all libraries requesting it, in conformity with regulations and the protection of author’s copyright.


Opening times
Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9 am - 2 pm
Tuesday and Thursday: 9 am - 2 pm; 3 - 5.30 pm


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Library | The Library of the Museo Civico Archeologico

Via de' Musei 8
40124 Bologna
tel 051 2757231/233, fax 051 266516