Via San Bernardino, 74 - 24100 BERGAMO (BG)
View of the main front
Source of photograph: OFX 88 - 2006 (supplemento)
• Culture
• Library

• Municipal property

• Mario Botta

The G. Tiraboschi library, located near the University, is an important building with an area of 3,200 square meters on five levels, with 500 square meters per level. The building, designed by Botta, is a parallelepiped, a shape that is simple and easily recognizable, reassuring and far from temporary trends.

Bricks are used to cover the whole volume: Bricks are a common and typical building material in the Italian building culture, they are easy to produce, adaptable and inexpensive.

The library is arranged around the central volume of light and soars without barriers and divisions, suggesting the flexible and simple use by the user. On the ground floor, there is a large hall surrounded by administrative offices, a magazines room, reference room, photocopying room, and a room with books on Bergamo. On the first floor, are a sound.archive and a large area for children. The third floor is reserved for fiction, while non-fiction is on the fourth and fifth floors: overall, the library has 500 seats and 50 multimedia workstations..

Interiors are extremely bright thanks to the floor-to-ceiling glass wall in the entrance hall and the careful selection of materials and colors: white plaster, maple wood for false ceilings and floors, metal for furnishings. The choice of metal is functional for reducing the risk of fire.

How to get there:
Public transport ATB lines: 2 and 5

Public opening hours:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8.30 a.m. - 7.00 p.m.; Thursday 8.30 a.m. - 10:30 p.m.; Saturday 8.30 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.

Useful information:
Telephone: 035/399476 - 479
Fax: 035/212036
Web site:

Stefano Tagliacarne, La biblioteca come 'cattedrale' della cultura, in OFX n. 88 (supplemento), 2006

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