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National Library of Malta

National Library of Malta
a white stone eighteenth-century building with a pillared portico
Formation 1776
Type national library
Purpose reference library, legal deposit
  • 36 Old Treasury Street, Valletta, Malta
Website .aspx/default/Pages/malta-libraries/education/
Formerly called
  • Bibliotheca Tanseana
  • Malta Public Library
  • Royal Malta Library
  • Bibliothecae Melitensis

The National Library of Malta, often known as the Bibliotheca, is a reference library in Valletta, Malta. It was founded in 1766 during the grand-mastership of Emmanuel de Rohan. For a time it was known as the Bibliotheca Tanseana in honour of Louis Guérin de Tencin, whose collections formed the nucleus of the library. It became a legal deposit library in 1925, and from 1936 was known as the Royal Malta Library. The name was changed to National Library of Malta in 1976.[1]

Interior of the library


  1. ^ History. Malta Libraries. Archived 3 February 2014.
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