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Biblioteca Comunale Centrale - Palazzo Sormani
The people of Milan affectionately call this library “the Sormani”, and it is an ideal location for reading.
It is easy to concentrate in the atmosphere of silence, with the wealth of bibliographical resources possessed by the Library. There are over 600,000 specialist books, including the Stendhal library. About 20,000 Italian and international publications are available for consultation, while the audiovisual centre comprises 32,000 records, CDs, tapes and videocassettes.
The Palazzo was previously one of the most luxurious family houses in 18th-century Milan. The imposing façade is virtually unique, when compared to other aristocratic buildings.
The Sormani library has computer workstations for users, and it organizes exhibitions, conferences, and bibliographical events dedicated to graphic design and photography.
Concerts are held in the hall named Sala del Grechetto, on the first floor.
An artillery shell shot during the Milan Five Days' Revolt (March 1848), during the uprising against the Austrian rulers, is still wedged into the inner face of the window surround of a room that is now used as the cloakroom for visitors to the library.