Cesare Vico Ludovici Public Library
In a little over 50 years, the City library of Carrara has been hosted in three of the city centre’s most prestigious buildings. Inaugurated in the year 1960, the library was born thanks to a combined effort that counted donations from both both public and private companies. This important contribution enabled a gradual growth of the institution’s collection. Its first headquarters were established at the first floor of the Palazzo dei Conti del Medico in Piazza Alberica, but soon this arrangement revealed itself to be too tight so the library was moved to Palazzo Rosso, where it stayed until 2010 when it was transferred to the two side wings of the Palazzo della Congregazione delle Figlie di Gesù situated in the nearby Piazza Gramsci, better known as Piazza D’Armi.
Named after Cesare Vico Ludovici, great Carrarese author that lived between the Nineteenth and Twentieth century, famous for his theatrical comedies and for having translated most of Shakespeare’s majestic oeuvre, the library houses over 70.000 volumes. Most of the books are available for consultation or loan but there is however a special section that is viewable only upon request, a unique collection of private donations of precious volumes, rare editions and thematic collections.
The unique heritage that consists in the Archives of the Private Marble railway of Carrara is of great historical importance for it holds all the documents that the Society drafted during its long-serving activity that went from 1876 to 1981. Thanks to a long and in-depth process of research and inventory Carrara has returned in possession of an essential piece of it’s recent history.
The library is part of the Re.Pro.Bi circuit, the network that connects public libraries all throughout the province of Massa-Carrara, that thanks to a interlibrary cooperation project now manages the accumulated catalogue through one general website that simplifies all research and availability check operations.
Source: Trame di Lunigiana