The book collection was born in 1812, together with the Ateneo Veneto. The original nucleus was made up of funds belonging to the Venetian Literary Academy, the Venetian Society of Medicine and the Accademia dei Filareti, merged with decree no. 310 of December 25, 1810.

The collection was elevated to the rank of "library" in reality only in 1895, by the hand of the then president Paulo Fambri because throughout the nineteenth century, greater prominence had been given to magazines, that is to the Reading Cabinet, while the precious book it was considered second-rate.

Thanks above all to a grant from the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, in the 1960s, the paper catalog by author and the subject book of Venetian material were composed, where 5,000 entries - subjects of Venetian and Venetian material were included in the latter. The book material - after having placed the deposit with an important restoration operation - was placed in special metal shelves.

Since 2007, the library has joined the National Cataloging Service (SEBINA) for recent accessions and has taken steps to recover ancient collections and miscellaneous collections.

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