Art and History Library of San Giorgio in Poggiale
Built inside a sixteenth-century church, the Art and History Library of San Giorgio in Poggiale has kept the extensive book heritage of the Cassa di Risparmio Foundation in Bologna since 2009 and houses important works of contemporary art, such as Campo dei Fiori and the monumental Delocation by Claudio Parmiggiani, as well as the Cathedral cycle by Piero Pizzi Cannella.
The Art and History Library of San Giorgio in Poggiale, designed and built between 1589 and 1633 by the architect Tommaso Martelli, was entrusted to the Servite Fathers until 1798.
Its name derives from the street on which it faces (today via Nazario Sauro), known until 1919 as via del Poggiale. Partially destroyed following the air raid on 25 September 1943, it was definitively deconsecrated and never reopened for worship, stripped of its furnishings and works of art.
It risked being demolished in the early 1960s, but was acquired by the Cassa di Risparmio in Bologna, which after a careful restoration, made it the seat of its collections. The bookseller's heritage includes more than 100,000 books of local history and art history volumes.
Of considerable value is also the photo library consisting of about 60,000 phototypes that preserve and testify to the urban changes in Bologna.