Located in Palazzo Reale since 1922, Naples National Library, the Biblioteca Nazionale is the 3rd largest library in Italy. Their collections comprise nearly  2 million volumes and prints that have been amassed since the mid 1700s, many of which came from private donations and bygone institutions. Among these is a collection of 1,800 Papyri scrolls from the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum. You can make an appointment with the public relations department to see the Papyri scrolls, tour the library and see any other collections of interest.

In 1964, the library added an American section whose holdings are primarily English language volumes relating to American history, literature and art. An English language book club meets here weekly and the American Section also hosts English language lectures on a variety of subjects.

Visiting the Biblioteca Nazionale

  • The Biblioteca Nazionale is open to anyone who wishes to read in the sitting rooms. You’ll be asked for some form of identification and given a free locker at the entrance to store your belongings.
  • For tours contact the public relations department by email urp@bnnonline.it or call 081 781 9231/387.

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