Biblioteca Estense Universitaria

A dynastic library par excellence, the Biblioteca Estense was created at the behest of the Este family―Lords of Ferrara―as early as the late fourteenth century, the two remaining closely intertwined until the dissolution of the duchy and unification of Italy. The Library, now a Biblioteca Nazionale, moved to its location at the Palazzo dei Musei in 1882 and became part of the new Gallerie Estensi Museum in 2016.

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Organise your visit

All the information you need to access the library, visit it or use its services: opening days and hours, access to services, how to reach it and how to book group visits and tours. 

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Come and discover the library's treasures

Explore the collections of the Biblioteca Estense 

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