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“A. Oriani” Contemporary History Library

Alfredo Oriani Library is managed by “Casa di Oriani” Foundation, created for the commemoration of the Romagna writer Alfredo Oriani and for the preservation and valorization of both his house “Il Cardello” (now a museum) and of the library itself. The building was erected in 1936 in the so-called Dante’s area by the Municipality of Ravenna, where Casa Rizzetti once rose, the house that hosted Lord Byron in 1819.

The library specializes in contemporary history and political, economic and social studies. Its collections focus on different topics: fascism and anti-fascism, history of political parties, union and worker movements, history of political and social thought and history of economics. It currently houses around 170.000 volumes.

On request, the library organizes guided tours to its collections, training courses in bibliographical research for school groups, and conventions, conferences, and debates on important topics concerning the history of the contemporary age.


Opening hours

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: 8.30am - 1.30pm
Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.30am - 1.30pm and 3pm - 6.30pm

Closing period

The library is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Entrance fee

Free admission 

How to get there

The library is situated in the city centre, at a short walk from the railway station (approx. 8 minutes), and from the nearest bus stop in nearby Piazza Caduti per la Libertà (approx. 1 min.). Recommended parking areas: Piazza J.F.Kennedy; Piazza G. D’Annunzio (ACI parking area).

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Last modified date: 11/09/2018


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