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BIBLIOTECA REALE

Connected to the Palazzo Reale and part of the Savoy "command zone", the Reale Library of Torino is housed in a building protected by UNESCO World Heritage. The Reale Library was founded by Carlo Alberto in 1831. There were both printed works and manuscripts from the ancient Savoy collections, and new acquisitions promoted by the sovereign. The books were initially arranged on the first floor of Palazzo Reale, however, in 1837 a larger space was necessary due to the increase in the collections. Therefore, the books were moved to the current location designed by the court architect Pelagio Palagi on the ground floor of the Palazzo. The Reale Library's monumental hall, whose original design has been maintained, is a space characterised by a double set of walnut bookcases with a balcony with a wrought iron railing and a frescoed monochrome vault with allegorical scenes of the arts and sciences. In 1839, Carlo Alberto bought a collection of drawings by great Italian and foreign masters, including Michelangelo, Raffaello, Rembrandt and Leonardo da Vinci, from Giovanni Volpato. The Library has 13 autographed items from Leonardo da Vinci (including the famous self-portrait) and the Codex on the Flight of Birds. The Library has a patrimony of about 250,000 books, 4,500 manuscripts, 3,055 drawings, 187 incunabula, 5,019 sixteenth-century works, 1,500 parchments, 1,112 periodicals, 400 photo albums, geographical maps, engravings and prints.

Address 
Piazza Castello 191
10122 Torino TO
Italy
Telephone 
+39.011.543855

Opening times

Reading room: Monday to Wednesday from 8:15 to 18:45; from Thursday to Saturday from 8:15 to 13:45.Museum opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:15 to 18:45; Saturday from 8:15 to 13:45; guided tours Thursday and Friday afternoons.

Visit information

Telephone for group visits 
The Reale Library is part of the Musei Reali of Torino who organise educational activities and visits through their email address: mr-to.edu@beniculturali.it. To meet the expectations and specific needs of the different "communities", the educational services of the Musei Reali propose a diversified offer, which includes visits and workshop activities for each of the complex’s sites (Palazzo Reale and Armeria, Galleria Sabauda, Museo di Antichità, Reale Library and the Gardens).

Accessibility

Accessible to disabled visitors
Notices for disabled 

The Library has an entrance reserved for the disabled, with an elevator platform for entry to the Palagian hall. Access to the basement is allowed by service elevator.

 

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