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Biblioteca Italiana delle Donne

Biblioteca Italiana delle Donne was born at the end of the Seventies as part of Women’s Documentation, Research and Initiative Centre, thanks to a project originated by Associazione Orlando – an indipendent feminist organisation – which wished to create an institution devoted to women’s culture and political activism.

Associazione Orlando manages the Library via a contractual agreement with its main sponsor, the Municipal Council of Bologna for the “City of Bologna Women Documentation, Research and Initiative Centre”, and thanks to funding support from the Emilia-Romagna Regional Giunta, the Italian Ministry of Culture.

Biblioteca Italiana delle Donne is today the principal collection specialized in women’s culture, gender and feminist studies.The Library has a collection of 40.000 books, 35.000 of which are already included in the SBN-National Library System Catalogue, and 495 periodicals, 50 of which currently published.

Biblioteca Digitale delle Donne

Thanks to a special financial support of the Italian Ministry of Culture a three year pilot project has started to digitalize rare books, documents and images to preserve them for posterity and make them accessible to a widest possible online user community.