Pisa Academic  Public Library was established in the year  1742 in Santa Maria street , inside the present-day  Galileo’s house. Since 1823 it was located  in the 15th century  Sapienza  Palace, where the north west wings  of the main floor  hosted  the public area, the reading rooms and the offices, while the south-west wings on the second floor were used as book storage rooms. The rooms of the Library weren’t particularly worth seeing, with the exception of  the two historical rooms, the Reading Room and the Reserved Room that had preserved the original wooden bookshelves. The rooms of the Library  closed in 2012 due to restoration works  that were kept on by the University, while the Library will soon start the furnishing  of the rooms and areas  destined to the pubblic and to the staff.

The first  books’  collection was received  through  a legacy  left  from professor Giuseppe Averani . In the 18th century the Granduke destined various volumes to the Library that came from the Medicea- Palatina-Lotaringia Library as well as a small, but precious collection from  the Botanical Garden.
During the 19th century , the Academic Library received  some  remarkable collections  , like the manuscripts drawn up by the Egyptologist Ippolito Rosellini, that was also director of the Institution from 1835 to 1843 as well as the astronomer  Giuseppe Piazzini ,director of the Institution from 1820 to 1832, who also left  a legacy.
More recently, the Library acquired collections from  Filippo Corridi’s and  Sebastiano  Timpanaro’s  scientific libraries and received  a huge donation by  the late Carlo Alberto Madrignani, Academic of Literature , who left as useful support  for the studies of modern literature.

branch office in Piazza San Matteo in Soarta, 2 – Lungarno Mediceo

Opening times
Monday – Friday: 8.00 am -7.00 pm ; Saturday 8.00 am -1.30 pm
Sundays closed

Old volumes consultation
Monday – Wednesday – Friday:  8.15 am – 1.15 pm

Info: 050.926569

Pisa | Academic Public Library