The entrance to the Multimedia Library is just inside the entrance to the Auditorium Cavea, right after the Notebook shop.
The Library was among the first buildings the Accademia wanted to provide / construct after the unification of Italy, when its activities expanded to the point that in 1895 it offered its first season of public concerts. The Library, which opened to the public in 1877, holds the editions, scores, manuscripts, tablatures and libretti that had previously been conserved in the Accademia archives.
This entire patrimony, further enriched during the course of the 20th century with collections belonging to great interpreters, critics and composers, is now available in the Multimedia Library; much of the material is also digitalized and can be consulted online on the dedicated portal.
In the same way, the Accademia archives are available for consultation both on-site and online through catalogues. These consist of: the historical archive, which holds documentation of Accademia life from 1651 to the present; the audiovisual archives: the ethnomusicology archives; the photography archives; press reviews and the catalogue of the art collection. All these archives, which document the varied activities of the Accademia, make up part of its historical patrimony, to which are also added documentation regarding current productions.
The new Multimedia Library, which was inaugurated in 2005, was conceived (as was the entire complex) by Renzo Piano. The project held in consideration / bore in mind the ever greater importance and use of information technology and the wealth of multimedia resources conserved in the archives. Hence, the Multimedia Library is equipped with stations for consulting computerized catalogues, for listening to and enjoying digital recordings, and with an audio-video laboratory, as well as traditional reading tables, with spaces for reserved consultation of old manuscripts and editions.
The patrimony preserved in the Multimedia Library gets catalogues, studied and evaluated through exhibitions, lesson-concerts, conferences, meetings and seminars, didactic activities, together with publication of books, CDs, DVDs and multimedia products intended both to diffuse musical culture to the broadest possible audience and to deepen scientific research conducted in the fields of music and musicology, especially on the patrimony it holds.
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