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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.


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