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National Library of Malta

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Address: 36 Old Treasury Street, Valletta, Island of Malta VLT 1410, Malta
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This library is in active use, so keep that in mind when busting in with your loud tourist mouth. Nice exhibits.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Taxin M
Helsinki, Finland
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Balzan, Malta
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Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A collection ofvery important manuscripts, documents and books dating back to te time of the Knights of St. John. Not to be missed when visiting Malta

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Belgrade, Serbia
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Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Location and architecture of this place is a great representation of just how important role education had, and still has, in Malta. In front of the entrance is very striking monument to Queen Victoria, which only bring more importance to the whole place.

Thank Aleksandar S
Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is exquisite! The books date so far back and it's set in such a beautiful room. Great preservation work. I just wish they sold postcards of the library!

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Helsinki, Finland
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This library is in active use, so keep that in mind when busting in with your loud tourist mouth. Nice exhibits.

Thank Taxin M
Toronto, Canada
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Reviewed 19 April 2017

This is still of course a functioning research library (most particularly for scholars working in the field of Maltese history) rather than a conventional tourist attraction, but it is well worth the ascent of the impressive staircase to see the library's handsome galleried period reading room. Display cabinets contain some of the library's visually most interesting and valuable illustrated volumes,... More 

Thank Travel1000Glen
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Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

I visited the library to do some family history research as my heritage is Maltese. I had to make an application and bring my passport along in order to use the library. The staff were exceedingly helpful to me, and I am very grateful. I was handed a very old hand written record book, with records dating back to 1575,... More 

Thank Leona P
Naxxar, Malta
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Reviewed 4 April 2017

I recently took my students to see the restoration process and old manuscipts from the Knights period. We were all mesmerised. If you're a tourist and happen to be in Valletta, don't miss the National Library. It's a must.

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Reviewed 25 February 2017

An interesting place for book lovers, ancient text out on display. Sadly the books are not being preserved properly and in a few more years, the book worms will have eaten more .....

Thank Aggie C
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Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Leave an ID card at the entry, get a visitors pass and take ten minutes to go and have a look inside this historical library with its ancient volumes. Well worth the effort.

Thank sdmmb
Blaenau Ffestiniog, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 3 February 2017

We went to the library to see part of an exhibition about the founding of Valetta. the other half was at St Elmos. It was fascinating to see the walls of ancient books and see some very early manuscripts. I'm not sure if it is open to visitors regularly but it is worth a look if it is. You have... More 

Thank Marion T

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