The Library
Opening hours


The library, which is specialized in astronomy and  astrophysics, was founded at the beginning of the XVIII century together with the foundation of the Specola di Bologna by Eustachio Manfredi. Today it is a part of  both of the main Italian online library catalogues, ACNP (for serials; a subsection for astronomy libraries is provided) and SBN (for books). The reading rooms have 17 places for readers and 2 personal computers for bibliographic research; wireless access to the web is available to institutional users upon request, in the reading rooms.

The library is mainly destinated to the bolognese astronomers and to the students of the local degree course in astronomy, but also counts among its users also amateur astronomers, school teachers and other scholars, like for example physicists, historians and philosophers of science.
Scholars from other INAF centers and the students from the Departments of Science of the University of Bologna are welcome.


The Library houses an antique section (2,500 volumes printed after 1488) and a modern one. The modern library: ~7,000 volumes, property of both the Dept. of Astronomy of the University of Bologna and INAF - Bologna Astrophysical Observatory (see the local modern book online catalogue,  please select "B. Guido Horn d'Arturo" in the menu "Biblioteche"); 900 serials (about fifty of which are current: search the online catalogue); 2,000 slides and many publications by astronomical observatories from all over the world.

Opening hours: from Monday to Thursday, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; on Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m
                     N.B.: please contact us before coming to the library, in order to make sure there have been no variations due to illness or holidays.

Services: Loan; interlibrary loan; document delivery service; microfilming of antique books.


  Regulations (in Italian)


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Maintained by: Monica Marra
Last updated: November 2010