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The National Library of Malta

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The National Library of Malta

36, Old Treasury Street,

6.30pm - 22.30pm

Situated in the centre of Valletta, the National Library, or as it is more popularly known, the Bibliotheca, is one of the major treasures of the Maltese Islands. It is a reference and research library preserving the memory of the nation with collections that span the centuries from medieval times to the digital age. The National Library holds a rich Melitensia collection comprising books, newspapers and periodicals published in Malta. It also proudly conserves the Archives of the Order of St John, composed of almost 7000 volumes, as well as collections of incunabula, 15th century illuminated manuscripts and fine book bindings.

The building is also an architectural gem complementing the elegance of Valletta buildings during the rule of the Order of St. John over the islands. Designed by a Polish-born architect, Stefano Ittar and founded by a Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order, Fra Louis Guérin de Tencin, the National Library was the last important building to be constructed by the Knights and among the most splendid.

The National Library is also used as a venue for various activities including exhibitions, public lectures, seminars, literary evenings, classical concerts and organised visits.

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