The Italian State has pledged an investment of 35 million ($33 million/USD) towards the country’s libraries.

Following approval by the recent State-Regions Conference and the Upper Council of Cultural Heritage, culture minister Dario Franceschini announced that the state funding would be put towards restoring and restructuring the National Libraries in Florence and Rome, as well as developing the Library of Archaeology and Art History in Rome.

Florence’s National Central Library, having recently commemorated the 50th anniversary of the damage wreaked to its building and books by the 1966 flood, will receive 15 million euro ($14.1 million/USD).

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