La Biennale di Venezia

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Calle Paludo SantAntonio,
30122 Venice
Tel. +39 041 5218939
E-mail biblioteca.asac@labiennale.org

The Library is open Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The Library is an integral part of the Central Pavilion at Giardini since 2009. The restoration was completed in 2010 with the opening of a large reading room, surrounded by a two-level balcony over which over 800 meters of shelves are arranged, also used for conferences and workshops.
The Library specializes in contemporary art, with a special focus on documentation and deepening of the Foundation's activities, preserving all the catalogs of La Biennale activities and collecting bibliographic material related to the disciplines of architecture, visual arts, cinema, dance, photography, music, and theater.
Thanks to its book heritage of more than 164,000 volumes and 3,200 periodicals, it is one of the leading libraries of contemporary art in Italy.

For the holiday season, the Library will be closed from Friday 22 December 2023 to Monday 8 January 2024.

Heritage and Location

The library's heritage, originated from the ASAC archive of books, is constantly being developed and updated through purchases, donations and, above all, exchanges with the main institutions of production, research and preservation of contemporary, national and international arts. Since 2009, through the Book Pavilion, the Library also welcomes and captures the volumes donated by artists and architects participating in Art Exhibitions and Architecture Exhibitions. The books collected thanks to this project, created by Fondazione La Biennale di Venezia, are the result of constant collaboration with the directors of art and architecture exhibitions.


The Library adheres to the National Library Service (SBN) and is currently completing the catalog of the original fund. You can browse the online catalog, including catalogs of exhibitions, monographs, essays, repertoires and periodicals, at the page http://polovea.sebina.it/SebinaOpac/Opac.do#0.
In addition, a project of counting is active in order to enhance the content on the topics about La Biennale di Venezia present in the Italian and foreign periodicals. Thanks to the analytical description of the content, users can easily find the individual articles, thus deepening the search. The activity is carried out both in subscription magazines (about 200 titles) and in the discontinued publications.