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  • ebook @ women - the feminist digital bookstore

    A brand new project by the feminist association Orlando, in cooperation with Server Donne, The Italian's Women Library and the Historical Archive.

    To publish and spread periodicals and essays on feminism in electonic format

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  • The Digital Library

    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.

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Welcome to the Italian Women's Library

The Italian Women's Library 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.

The Italian Women's Library is today the principal collection specialized in women's culture, gender and feminist studies


"The founding of libraries was like constructing more public granaries, amassing reserves against a spiritual winter which by certain signs, in spite of myself, I see ahead…"
Marguerite Yourcenar


The Library has a collection of 40.000 books, 20.000 of which are already included in the SBN-National Library System Catalogue, and 495 periodicals, 141 of which currently published Read more...

The location

The Italian’s Women Library is located in Santa Cristina Convent, Via del Piombo 5 in Bologna Read more...

Il servizio al pubblico

Opening hours

The Library has the following opening hours (winter time): from Monday to Thursday from 9 am to 6 pm; on Friday from 9 am to 2 pm (Closed on Saturday) Read more...

Il network

Il network

The Italian Women’s Library forms part of the municipal libraries system, the SBN, and other important national and international networks Read more...

feminism, history of political women’s movements, gender and women’s studies, rights, body, care, sexuality, politics, ICT and gender divide, fashion, work, new jobs, female creativity, art, literature, poetry, theatre, cinema, publishing, ethics, philosophy, psycology, psycoanalysis, religions, literary critics, conflicts resolution, migration and postcolonial studies… Follow the keywords…


  • Consultation
  • Loan
  • Reference
  • Bibliographical support for research
  • Graduate and post doctoral theses
  • Reference online
  • Document delivery
  • Interlibrary loans
  • Photocopies
  • PC’ for Internet navigation

Hot Spot

  • Historical Archive
    Historical Archive
    TheArchive of Bologna Women’s Documentation, Research and Initiative Center. It is located in the Santa Cristina Convent, Via del Piombo 5 in Bologna. Web site: Historical Archive (in italian)...
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  • Server Donne
    Server Donne
    Server Donne is a project by the women’s association Orlando based in Bologna and aims to promote and strengthen the presence and competence of women in IT, new media and the internet...
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  • The Digital Library
    The Digital Library
    La Biblioteca Digitale è un progetto che comprende opere a stampa di diverse epoche relative alla memoria storica, culturale, politica e sociale delle donne italiane e dei loro movimenti di emancipazione e...
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