Biblioteca Angelica

The Biblioteca Angelica (English: Angelica Library) is a public library located in Rome, Italy. In front of the Piazza Sant'Agostino square, adjacent to the church of Sant'Agostino, not far from Piazza Navona.

The entrance of Angelica Library

The library holds about 180,000 volumes of manuscripts (among them Codex Angelicus) and 1,100 incunabula, which formerly belonged to the Augustinians. These works are important for our knowledge of the history of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation.


The library was established in 1604 by Angelo Rocca (1546–1620), and belonged to the Augustinian monastery.[1] Having been open to the public since 1609, it is considered the oldest public library in Europe along with the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan.[2]

Since 1940, the library has housed the archives of the Academy of Arcadia. Since 1975, the library has been under the supervision of the Ministry of Culture.


  1. ^ Herbermann, Charles, ed. (1913). "Angelo Rocca" . Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-11-22. Retrieved 2018-11-21.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Coordinates: 41°54′03″N 12°28′29″E / 41.9008°N 12.4746°E / 41.9008; 12.4746