Library of Contemporary Art
Consult the OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) of the “Guido Ballo” Library of Contemporary Art
Catalogs of the main Italian libraries
Biblioteca Nazionale Braidense http://opac.braidense.it/
Biblioteca Ambrosiana https://ambrosiana.comperio.it/
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze https://opac.bncf.firenze.sbn.it/bncf-prod/
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma http://www.bncrm.beniculturali.it/it/909/opac-bncr
SBN (Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale) https://opac.sbn.it/opacsbn/opac/iccu/free.jsp
ACNP (Archivio Collettivo Nazionale dei Periodici) https://acnpsearch.unibo.it/
Kubikat (Catalogo online dell’Unione delle biblioteche d’arte – Biblioteca Hertziana di Roma; Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz; Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte di Monaco di Baviera; Deutsches Forum für Kunstgeschichte di Parigi) https://aleph.mpg.de/F?func=file&file_name=find-b&local_base=kub01&con_lng=ita
Catalogs of foreign national libraries
Library of Congress (USA) https://catalog.loc.gov/
British Library (Gran Bretagna) https://www.bl.uk/catalogues-and-collections/catalogues
Bibliothèque Nationale de France (Francia) https://catalogue.bnf.fr/index.do
Biblioteca Nacional de España (Spagna) http://catalogo.bne.es/uhtbin/webcat
Bayerische Staatsbibliothek (Germania) https://www.bsb-muenchen.de/
Koninklijke Bibliotheek (Olanda) https://www.kb.nl/en
Rossijskaja nacional'naja biblioteka (Russia - National Library) http://nlr.ru/eng/opac
National Library of China http://www.nlc.cn/newen/
Biblioteca Digitale Lombarda https://www.bdl.servizirl.it/bdlfe/
Digitale Bibliothek – Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg https://www.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/helios/digi/digilit.html
The history of the Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera’s library goes back to 1778 when the Administrator, Carlo Bianconi, started to collect and keep books, prints, engravings, drawings and xylographs in his office.
His successor, the painter, writer and intellectual Giuseppe Bossi, who was the Administrator from 1802 to 1807, also understood the importance and benefit of having a well-stocked library for art studies. He himself was willing to spend large sums in order to see the library kept current and up-to-date; he acquired a number of rare and invaluable books as well as prestigious collections through exchanges and purchases.
The library is also a depository for drawings and prints, as well as an archive and that is the reason why, in the current premises, inaugurated by President Sandro Pertini in 1984, all the resources relating to the Accademia’s Patrimony and assets are deposited: in the gallery there is the Archive with the Historical Resources of the Library, in the basement there is the Contemporary Art Library, the Painting Collection, the Drawings and Prints Room.
The Accademia’s Library of Contemporary Art , located in the underground levels of the building, is illuminated by a large skylight making it a particularly bright space.
It has approximately 40,000 volumes and numerous periodicals. It is a single room with open shelves which run all the way around the Reading Room which holds approximately 60 seats.
The computerized cataloguing of the entire contemporary collection is underway. Bibliographic research must be carried out using first the library’s OPAC and subsequently the card catalogs.
Students are granted on-site consultation of the material while teachers can access the lending service. The reorganization and reclassification of library material carried out in previous years, allows only the teaching staff to have direct access to the consultation of the different sections. There is, however, also for students, a section dedicated to direct consultations and reference use of Encyclopedias, general texts and dictionaries.
Acquisitions take place on an annual basis through the form of purchases and donations aimed at completing the already available series and keeping the library up-to-date. In the Reading Room there are nine computers available both for research work and for personal study use.
The library also has a periodicals section, made up in part by newspapers which have now been discontinued and by current subscriptions.
The Library is open to students and teaching staff of the Accademia and external scholars, only upon authorized request
From Monday to Thursday from 9.00 to 17.50
Fridays from 9.30 to 17.50
Access is only available for consultation of library volumes and by appointment to be fixed by writing an email to email@example.com