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Biennale Library


CALLE PALUDO SANT’ANTONIO
30122 VENICE
TEL. +39 041 5218939
biblioteca.asac@labiennale.org


The Biennale Library has been an integral part of the Central Pavilion at Giardini since 2009. The restoration was completed in 2010 with the opening of the main reading room, surrounded by a two-level gallery on which over 800 meters of shelves are laid out. The reading room is also used for conferences and workshops. The Library specializes in contemporary arts, with a special focus on the documentation of La Biennale’s activities, preserving all the Biennale catalogues and collecting bibliographic material related to the disciplines of architecture, visual arts, cinema, dance, photography, music, and theatre. Thanks to its collection of more than 153,000 volumes and 3,000 periodicals, it is one of the main libraries of contemporary arts in Italy.

The Library is open to the public from Tuesday to Friday, 10 am to 5 pm, by appointment only. To request an appointment, please send an email to biblioteca.asac@labiennale.org
In our reply to requests, access modalities and good practices users must follow will be explained in detail, according to the security protocol “Anti COVID-19 plan - ASAC Library and Archive”.

 

As of 10 January 2022, according to the Italian law D.L. 221/2021, in order to access the Library and the Archives it is mandatory to produce either a full Green Pass or a Green Pass obtained from vaccination or recovery from Covid-19. This is not demanded to persons exempted because of their age or not required to get vaccination (medical documentation required). Basic Green Passes obtained from a negative test will not be accepted. Face masks must be worn at all times.
In the case of events open to the public taking place indoors or outdoors in museums and other cultural locations, it is mandatory to wear FFP2 face masks.
When required, visitors must show a valid identity document in addition to their full Green Pass.
In case of absence of the documentation specified above, it will not be possible to access the premises.

Heritage and Location

The library’s heritage, originated from the ASAC book archive, 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 acquires volumes donated by artists and architects participating in art exhibitions and architecture exhibitions. The books collected thanks to this project realized by the La Biennale Foundation are the result of constant collaboration with the directors of the art and architecture exhibition.

Consultation

The Library adheres to the National Library Service (SBN) and is currently completing the catalog of the original fund. You can browse the online catalogue, including catalogues of exhibitions, monographs, essays, repertoires and specialized periodicals at the page of Venice’s Polo SBN. A counting project is active in order to enhance the content about La Biennale topic 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 discontinued ones.

Biennale Library

CALLE PALUDO SANT’ANTONIO
30122 VENICE
TEL. +39 041 5218939
biblioteca.asac@labiennale.org

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