Libraries of Genoa -

Biblioteca Berio
Via del Seminario - ph. 010 557 6010

Located near Piazza Dante in the city center, the library is equipped with the latest technology (including wireless access). The "Sezione Conservazione" (5th floor) maintains a large Columbus collection thanks to the late Senator Prof. Paolo Emilio Taviani. The professor is considered both in Italy and abroad to be the greatest expert in Columbus studies and donated his entire collection of books (2,500 volumes and 1,000 scholarly essays) to the Berio library in October 2000. With this donation, the Library, now totaling 5,500 Columbus publications (200 of which are of historical importance), has become the third-largest Columbus collection in the world, after Seville and Simancas, Spain.

Biblioteca Internazionale De Amicis
Children’s Library
ph. 010 252237

A wonderful international library overlooking the harbor and passing ships housed in the Magazzini del Cotone in the Porto Antico. The atmosphere is both stimulating and cozy. There is a large reading room where little ones can sit on the floor and dive into books with the help of staff, as well as reading rooms for older children. Not only are books loaned, but computers, records, and cassettes are also available, as well as laboratories for paper work, printing, and games. Organized events include exhibits, readings by authors, theater performances, and cinema discussions.
The library is open daily from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sundays from 9.30 a.m. to 6.30 p.m.