The library dates back to the foundation of the Observatory of Bologna by Eustachio Manfredi in early XVIII century, and nowadays is specialized in astronomy and astrophysics. It participates in the Library System of the University of Bologna and its online catalogues are available.

Devoted to users such as astronomers and students of astronomy, the library has an antique section (2500 books printed after 1488) and a modern one. The modern library: 7000 books; 250 periodicals (100 still active); about 20000 publications from astronomical observatories; 2000 slides.

Due to the early origin of the library, it owns the first issues of journals and publications of observatories, since the end of the XVIII century.

Services available on request: photocopies (Lit 100/page + mail expenses), in obeyance to the laws covering copyright; microfilm of books printed before 1871 (Lit 500/page + mail expenses).

Biblioteca del Dipartimento di Astronomia. Universita' di Bologna
Via Zamboni 33 - 40126 Bologna - ITALY
Tel. +51-259315/259309 Fax +51-259407

Opening hours: from monday to thursday 9-18. Friday and saturday 9-14. July and august 9-14.
Personnel: Marina Zuccoli; Pietro Candelaresi
Scientific advisor: Dr. Letizia Stanghellini


To access the online catalogue of modern books open an interactive session on our VAX with password astronet and at the prompt type:


A menu allows search by author/title/keywords.

To access the online catalogue of preprints received by the library at the prompt type:


A menu allows search by author/title/institution.


The library recognizes as its primary users the students of the Astronomy course at the University of Bologna and the local astronomers. It also provides documents to amateur astronomers, school teachers and scientists, sch as physicists, historians and philosophers of science. Students from the scientific Departments of the University of Bologna are welcome.


The antique section owns most of the publications written by the astronomers of Bologna since the XVIII century, e.g. the "Schedae Mathematicae" by Vittorio Stancari, the "Ephemerides Bononienses" and other works by Eustachio Manfredi, Eustachio Zanotti, Ignazio Calandrelli (Rome, 1792-1866). It comprehends books of the private library of Manfredi and several older books, of XVI and XVII centuries, of general astronomical interest (Tycho Brahe's "Astronomiae instauratae mechanica", Kepler's "Astronomia nova", Copernicus' "De revolutionibus" and many others). In 1990 an exhibition of books belonging to the private library of Manfredi took place at the Bologna University Library, illustrating the astronomical background which fed the scientist and giving an overview of the bibliographical instruments available.

Antique books can be accessed from Monday to Saturday, h. 9-14; please contact Marina Zuccoli for appointment.

Dipartimento di Astronomia