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Italian national libraries to receive 6.6 million euros

Extra funding to go for security and repairs

Italian national libraries to receive 6.6 million euros

Rome, November 5 - Italian national libraries will receive an extra 6.6 million euros to shore up their security and structural integrity, announced Italian Culture Minister Lorenzo Ornaghi in Rome on Monday. "Even though it is a critical moment for public resources…(national public libraries) remain a central element and a strategic factor for the entire Italian cultural system," Ornaghi said. The libraries slated to receive upgrades include the Girolamini library in Naples, which made headlines last May for the theft of hundreds of antique books and manuscripts from its shelves and led to the arrest of five suspects, including the library's prestigious director. The Central National Library of Rome, the Central National Library of Florence, the Marciana Library of Venice and the Turin Royal Library are also among the 20 or so libraries destined to benefit.

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