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Biennale Library

30122 VENICE
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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 large 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 art, with a special focus on documentation and deepening of the Foundation’s activities, preserving all the catalogs of 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 153,000 volumes and 3,000 periodicals, it is one of the main libraries of contemporary art 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”.

Starting from 6th August 2021, with the exception of children under 12 years of age and persons who are exempt from it, visitors must present a Green Pass or equivalent certificate recognized by the Italian State to access the premises.
The Green Pass or equivalent certificate must give evidence that:
- a person has been vaccinated against Covid-19;
- received the first dose of a vaccine requiring two;
- recovered from Covid-19;
- received a negative PCR or rapid antigen test result in the previous 48 hours.
Visitors must present a valid ID together with the certificate.
In case of absence of the documentation specified above, it will not be possible to access the premises.
For further information, please visit https://www.dgc.gov.it/web/ (in Italian).

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.


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.

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