Throughout their history, Italian banks have published thousands of prestigious books, dedicated to several themes: art and architecture primarily, but also local regions, popular culture, economic theory, music, history, food and wine, photography and much more. Bank publishing is referred to as a real “phenomenon”, which has revived the glories of Italian banking patronage and today offers a unique fresco of the civil and cultural history of the country.
The Biblioteca dell'ABI (ABI Library) is located in Rome in the old stables known as the Scuderie di Palazzo Altieri. The treasure preserved there includes more than 10 thousand volumes, published from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day by banks in Italy. The number is constantly growing, thanks to the numerous publications produced annually by Italian banks. The works are dedicated to a wide range of topics: a considerable number of volumes discuss topics relating to art and architecture, but there are many which are devoted to music, local regions, the cinema, economic thought, food and wine and a lot more. They are often editions of considerable value, that are sometimes hard to find.
The ABI Library has joined the Polo degli Istituti Culturali di Roma and through it the Sistema Bibliotecario Nazionale (Italian National Library), in order to allow a vast, national and international audience to share, learn about and consult the works produced by Italian banks.