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Terry M
Hamilton, Canada4,896 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Friends
It is a very solid-looking building, found along Republic Street. To me its architectural style is a bit stodgy. Grab a gelato opposite and decide for yourself. You can’t miss it for the statue of Queen Victoria in front.
Written 7 April 2023
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permia
Ireland63,337 contributions
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Mar 2013 • Couples
In the afternoon we visited this very interesting institution. It is one of the last buildings commissioned by the Knights before their forced departure from Malta. I gather it is not included in most tourist itineraries, which I think is a pity because it is well worth an hour.

The attractive façade is in contrast to the somewhat plainer interior. Producing ID at the reception will procure visitor badges, which grants access. Ascending the lovely staircase leads to the main reading room. There is a display of important historical documents that is interesting. Bookcases around the walls contain many books, many of an older vintage.

Following further checking at the main desk and depositing of bags, we were allowed into the inner reference space containing reference and many other books and journals. Here there was a good selection of recent newspapers, many in English. We spent a while perusing these.
Written 16 May 2013
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MoBDick
Berlin, Germany248 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015 • Couples
With the setting up of the new Public Library in Floriana in 1976, the Library in Valletta was officially designated as the "National Library of Malta" and became solely a research and reference library. It was originally completed in 1796.

One gets the sense of Maltese history the moment one enters the reference room of old books and manuscripts. It houses some of the world's most precious books dating back 700 years. Its collection includes the personal libraries of the Knights of Malta (also the archives and treasury manuscripts of that order), including archives from the medieval Università dei Giurati of Mdina and Valletta.

If books aren't your fancy, the architecture is worth a look. The original design was completed by Stefano Ittar, a Polish-born architect residing in Italy.

Still not satisfied? The Republic Square (also known as Queen's Square or Piazza Regina) is a small square found in front of the National Library in Valletta, Malta. In the middle of the square is a statue of Queen Victoria hence the name Queen's Square or Piazza Regina. The open space of the square is used by open air cafes, the most famous one being Cafe Cordina. Sit, rest, and have a coffee while looking back towards the library. We did.

WC inside Cafe Cordina
Written 14 November 2015
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Me_n_my_rucksack
Yorkshire, UK6,226 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2013 • Couples
As the other reviewer quite rightly states this building should be far higher on the tourist's radar than it is.

If anything the archetecture shows the Knights of Malta in a new light - prior to this we associated their building with huge limestone bastions and fortresses and dusty old towers - this shows their culturall side and is really refreshing in doing that.

In short a fascinating archetectural gem which is walked past by most tourists but really is worth a roam around to put the era of the knights of malta into context.
Written 27 June 2013
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illetrop
Balzan, Malta337 contributions
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May 2017 • Friends
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
Written 23 May 2017
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LILABLACK
Los Angeles, CA41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
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!
Written 16 May 2017
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Travel1000Glen
Toronto, Canada200 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
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, which cumulatively offer a brief pictorial history of Malta. Entrance is free (as far as I remember): bags have to be left in the downstairs entrance hall in the lockers provided.
Written 19 April 2017
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Leona P
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Solo
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, although I think the actual book was more 19th century.

I could've spent a week in there researching and as I only had a week in Malta I just spent the afternoon there. But what a treat. Speaking with one of the librarians I was able to locate genealogist on Malta who might be able help me.

I went there to research but there seem to be people coming in just to have a look round. And it is well worth a 10 minute stop if you like old libraries.

Written 11 April 2017
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Harry A
Stonehaven, UK80 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015 • Solo
I was not able to gain access to this building the day I visited as I did not have proof of identity on me the day I visited. The nice lady on the door advised me that all I needed to carry with me for future was a photo copy if I did not wish to carry originals. A good tip for future reference. But I will definitely be visiting this building next year on my visit
Written 11 September 2015
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Judith W
Bath, UK15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2014 • Couples
Most impressive library. I've met so many people who have come from all over the world to use the reference section and they rate it very highly. Interesting talks given here too by Maltese authors. We listened to a talk by an historical author which was fascinating - followed of course by lavish Maltese refreshments.
Written 31 August 2015
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