“Founding libraries is like building public barns”.

This is what Roman Emperor Hadrian thought about the importance of books and public libraries for the cultural and social growth of all people. So, drawing inspiration from these ancient principles aimed at preserving and spreading knowledge, the Brunello and Federica Cucinelli Foundation built the Solomeo Library in 2008.

La Biblioteca

The Library is located inside the Aurelian Neo-Humanistic Academy, a neoclassical building that is part of the Solomeo Forum of the Arts. It overlooks the Cucinelli Theater and the Amphitheater’s harmoniously-designed oval space.

La Biblioteca

«Reading ancient authors and writing for posterity.» (Petrarch)

La Biblioteca

“The written word has taught me to listen to the human voice.” (Hadrian)

As all the other Forum structures, the Library is also accessible to anyone; it is a place for promoting dialogue and culture, in all its forms.

Events and meetings on philosophical, historical, literary and art topics enliven the rooms of the Library, while a variety of classic and contemporary art, literature, history, spirituality and philosophy books are displayed on the shelves. There is also an ample selection of classic books in foreign languages, including the less common ones such as Mongolian, Hebrew, Japanese and Hindi.

Construction works for the new Universal Library of Solomeo started at the end of 2021, a project strongly promoted and desired by the Brunello and Federica Cucinelli Foundation.

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