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MUNICIPALITY OF VALDAGNO PUBLIC LIBRARY
V.le Regina Margherita, 1
tel. 0445 424545 fax 0445 409724
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Staff: Marta Penzo, Siro Cracco, Helga Faccin, Susy Gasparini


Villa Valle


What's more important than the formation of a free, independent human being, able to decide autonomously and to play an active role in society?
To reach this goal satisfactory instruction, as well as a free, limitless access to knowledge, thought, culture and information are necessary.
Furthermore, besides school, which institution is more adapt than the library to find the entry to the documentary universe and to the necessary information for the most different human activities?

The PUBLIC LIBRARY
is a fundamental centre for the development of ideas, the satisfaction of curiosity, the research of information and the collection of these put together. Something about history
The Public Library of Valdagno opened 02/05/1959 at Palazzo Festari. In 1968 it moved to the top floor of the Municipal Hall and in 1970 moved again to the first floor of Palazzo Festari, with about 9.000 books. In 1978 the Municipal archives were transferred to the Public Library rooms too. The Public Library moved to the actual position in July 1983, thanks to the donation of Villa Valle by the Marzotto family. There were about 17.000 books. In 1992, with obout 27.000 books, the computerisation and the unified catalogation of books began. In 1997 the first internet emplacement was activated. Now the Public Library buys about 2.500 new books a year and has about 55.000 books, but the librarian cooperation allows us to have a virtual library of about 825.000 books available, which can be exchanged through the twice-weekly service of bibliobus.

VILLA VALLE
Villa Valle, which was given by Marzotto family to the Municipality of Valdagno to remember Count Gaetano, is, together with Palazzo Nanti, Palazzo Festari, Palazzo Mastini, Palazzo Bocchese and S. Clemente presbytery, one of the highest artistic level architectural expressions of historic Valdagno and one of the best monuments in the Agno valley.

THE PUBLIC LIBRARY WHO FOR? WHAT FOR ?
The Public Library belongs to everybody and can offer useful information and services: consider the businessman, who wants to see the latest laws about job safety, or the keen gardener, who wants to know what to do with a particular flower, or the housewife, who would like to find a new menu for a special dinner, or the student, who has to enter a university exam by e-mail, or the employee, who wants to read newspapers or magazines, or the professional man, who would like to consult an encyclopedia or a data base on cd-rom; the historian, who wants to find news about local history, or the child, who is beginning to read or the pensioner, who wants to read without exertion, or the teacher, who's searching for something for a particular school activity, the shopkeeper, who has to know something about marketing and window dressing.
Let's consider each of us, with the desire to satisfy the pleasure of reading.
The Public Library offers all this and much more, not least the occasion to meet other people and to have a quiet place available where one can feel at ease.

THE BOOKS IN DETAIL

In the first room, "SUMMER", on the left of the entrance

000 - GENERAL SECTION
It groups books about computer science, library science, bibliography, archive-keeping, museology, publishing, journalism. 

100 - PHILOSOPHY AND PSICOLOGY SECTION

200 - RELIGION SECTION

300 - SOCIAL SCIENCES SECTION
It groups books about statistics, politic science, economy, law, education, customs, public administration, social services. 

500 - 600 - PURE AND APPIED SCIENCE SECTIONS

700 - ARTS SECTION
This section groups all different aspects of arts (painting, sculpture, drawing, photography, music, cinema, theatre, sports etc) includes encyclopedias and simple books.

 In the second room, "WINTER", on the left of the entrance 

800 - LITERATURE SECTION
It's in the second room on the right of the entrance and groups books of literature, of critics about writers and specific encyclopedias 

900 - HISTORY AND GEOGRAPHY SECTION
There are books about history and geography, including atlases and historic encyclopedias.

TOURISTS GUIDES
For your trips the are photograph books, tourists guides and novels about trips. 


In the second room, "AUTUMN", on the right of the entrance

N - FICTION SECTION

All novels are in the first room on the right of the entrance, in alphabetic order of writer.
To read without exertion we suggest the books CORPO 16, which are written with bigger characters.

LIN-N- BOOKS IN ORIGINAL LANGUAGE are available
There are books of classical and contemporary writers in English, French, German, Spanish, American, Russian.
Simplified novels to learn the English language are available as well.

400 - LANGUAGE SECTION
This section groups courses of foreign languages, courses of Italian language for foreigners, grammars and dictionaries.


In the first room "SPRING", on the right of the entrance

CHILDREN'S SECTION
It groups about 3500 novels and essays for children from 1 to 14 years, and is located in the first room on the right of the entrance. Novels are signed by colored adhesives, which indicate the type: fairy tales, legends, science fiction, western, thriller, comics, theatre, poetry, horror, romantic, and novels for 6-9 year old kids and novels for 10-14 year old kids, .

THE ADHESIVES FOR CHILDREN NOVELS
legenda dei libri per ragazzi

Encyclopedias for kids are available.
Novels in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, Portuguese, Finnish, Norwegian, Brazilian, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatian, Hungarian and Moldavian are available as well.
Bilingual novels with the parallel text in the original language are available as well.
The available and magazines are Popotus, Witch, Topolino , Focus Junior, Giulio Coniglio and Pimpa.
A PC is available to consult the catalogue, cd roms and dvds.


LOCAL HISTORY SECTION
It groups books about our valley and about the Veneto region, and is located in the book storeroom.
The documentation about the series of lectures Scuola, Cultura e territorio, (1989-1993) is available for reading too.
Among magazines are available the Quaderni del Gruppo Storico Valle dell'Agno, Il giornale di Valdagno e la Valle dell'Agno, Kyos, Il nostro campanile, Rassegna stampa locale, Sportivissimo, Valdagno news, Valdagno news appunti amministrativi.

RARE AND PRECIOUS BOOKS SECTION
It contains books of particular value, with a particular note to Memorie di Valdagno by Giovanni Soster. This work is composed of 18 handwritten volumes about what happened in Valdagno during the life of the author, that is from 1836 to 1893.
It's located on the first floor and can be consulted with the permission of the librarian.

PALEONTOLOGICAL SECTION
It contains books about this object, the most part of which is part of the donation "dott. Domenico Dal Lago", who gave the name to the Civic Museum of Valdagno.
It's located on the first floor and can be consulted with the permission of the librarian.
Section 500 is particularly furnished of books about paleontology as well, thanks to the cooperation of the Civic Museum of Valdagno.

MUNICIPAL HISTORICAL ARCHIVE
It contains all documents which were produced during the activity of our Municipality from 1510 to 1945, such as registers etc...
The inventory can be consulted, after filling in a form, both written on paper and in computer in "Inventario archivio storico".
The computer allows cronological, keyword and section search.

PHOTOGRAPHIC ARCHIVE OF THE GREAT WAR
A computer on the first floor is available to consult the Photographic Archive of the Great War. It's composed by 700 photos, which come from local funds. You can see freely the photos on cd rom and make copies as well.

NEW BOOKS
You can find all the new books, both novels and essays, with yellow marks, located in in each room. Every week our library buys about 50 new books.

HOW TO FIND THE BOOKS YOU ARE INTERESTED IN
You can find the book you're interested in by consulting the catalogue on the computer, also from home at the web site http://opac.zetesisnet.it/zetesis
You can search by title, part of the title, series, publisher, year of publication and classification and language as well. By computer you can also identify the books available in the other public libraries we cooperate with. In this case you have to tell the librarian, who will request the book by bibliobus, which arrives in Valdagno each Wednesday and Friday in the afternoon.

SERVICES

HOW TO USE THE READING ROOM
Newspapers, magazines and books can be consulted freely. The librarians are at your disposal to help you to find the information you need.
 
There are 148 magazines , some of which written in the original language:
SPEAK UP, TIME, THE ECONOMIST, DER SPIEGEL; they are located in the main hall, together with the following newspapers: Il Giornale, Il Giornale di Vicenza, Il Gazzettino, La Repubblica, Il Corriere della Sera, Il Corriere del Veneto, Il Fatto quotidiano, La Gazzetta dello Sport, Avvenire, Il Sole 24 ore, Italia Oggi, Libero, Il Manifesto, La Stampa. Newspapers and magazines can be consulted freely and you can ask the librarian for back issues (the list of the available issues is hanging on the stand). Regarding newspapers, we keep the numbers of the current year only.
Magazines and newspapers are allowed to be loaned, except for the latest issue.
The series "Concorsi" of the Official Gazette is available in the bookcase of the magazines. Near them "Lavoronotizie" and "Grandi Affari" are available as well. 

Comics and the Young/Adult sections are located in the main hall. Here you can find also the magazines "Ragazza moderna", "XL" and "Mondoerre".

BOOK LOANS
To borrow the books you need to be a registered member. All people residing in Recoaro, Valdagno, Cornedo, Brogliano, Castelgomberto and Trissino can join. All people residing in other cities can use the interlibrary loans, by asking the library of the city where they live. All minors need the authorization of parents by the completion of the special form. To borrow a book you need to show the card you received when you joined. Manuscripts, rare and precious works, newspapers and reference works aren't allowed to be loaned. The book loans last 30 days and can be renewed, even by telephone, for 30 more days if the book hasn't been reserved. You can reserve the books which have already been loaned. When they are available you will be advised and you have to borrow the book within 5 days at the most. The multimedia, not more than 5, loans last 7 days and can be renewed for other 7 days. All readers can suggest books to buy by filling in the special form. They will be informed about the decision of the director. The reader who doesn't return the book to the library in the terms will be communicated by a reminder letter and must pay a penalty, including the postal costs ( €3,00 for the first reminder and € 6,00 for the second). In case of a third recall sent through registered letter, you are required to pay for mail expenditures and consequently interrupted from the loan for the same number of days as the delay. In case you will not return the documents or will not pay for the delay penalty, you will be excluded from the loan.  The books must be kept carefully, mustn't be underlined or damaged. The reader who seriously damages a book or loses it must buy a new exact copy of the original.

ATTENTION: please tell us if you change your address or telephone number! The interlibrary loans are provided when our library does not have the required book. You have to fill in a special form, so the librarian can verify the availability of the book in a library of the cooperation. If the book is available, it will reach our library within about one week.

MULTIMEDIA LIBRARY
11 computers are at your disposal to see data bases, internet included (surfin maximum 1 hour; price € 1,00/hour), to consult the catalogue of the library, the unique catalogue and the catalogue of Polo Veneto. To use the internet all minors need the authorization of their parents, who will have to fill in a form. Many cd roms about history, art, science, education etc are available as well and can be consulted in the library or can be borrowed. Data bases on cd rom can't be borrowed, but you can consult them in the library. You can make copies or register data on USB key.
In the room "Summer" you can find:
- Cd-roms;
- Audiobooks;
- Cds: opera, classical, jazz, ethnic music;
- VHS and DVD: documentaries, films and concerts
- In the area of the library and in the park the wi-fi sistem is active

PHOTOCOPIES
In the main hall a photocopier with rechargeable cards is available. If you buy the rechargeable card at the cost price of €1,00, you pay € 0,08 for your photocopies, both the small and the large and you can save time, because you can make the photocopies yourself, without waiting for the librarian. You buy the card only once and you can charge it with the number of copies you need. When it is exhausted, you can recharge it. Up to 10 photocopies, you can choose not to buy the card. In this case a small photocopy will cost € 0,10 and a large € 0,20. In addition you have to wait for the librarian to have your photocopies.

READING AND STUDY ROOM
On the second floor a reading and study room is available. The 52 seats are supplied with individual illumination. There you can find absolute silence to read and study and you can use your portable computer.

MEETING POINT
It's located in the fireplace room. There you can have a drink, have a chat, write and read ads and share the life of your public library.

INFORMATION ABOUT CULTURAL INITIATIVES AND NOT ONLY
On the notice-boards and in the special stand you can find leaflets and brochures about cultural initiatives, which are organized in Valdagno and in other cities.

A PARK TO READ
It's a park in the centre of the city with confortable seats where you can read and, if you want, share your passion for reading. There are some literary notice-boards which contain incipit of novels (even in their originale language) always different, in order to suggest new possible readings. That's our park to read , which has also an arena to house readings.
Literary notice-boards

SCAMBIALIBRO (Point of exchange of used books)
Do you have any books you want to exchange with others that you like better? Leave here one ore more books and take others you are interested in!

LET'S READ!

STATE -OF- THE-ART MATERIAL DISPLAY
On the big table just opposite the entrance door a sample display of state-of-the-art publications (books, magazines, internet news) is weekly arranged for you to keep updated.

CHOICE NOVEL SELECTION DISPLAY
In the room "Autumn" you will find a choice of novels either written by a noteworthy novelist or published by a particular publishing house, or concerning a specific literary genre. Lists of literary awards winners as well as of literary review magazines are available as well.

Valdagnolegge: OUR MONTHLY NOVELTY LIST
A monthly booklet listing the titles of new books acquired is available. Books are grouped according to genre (novels, history, tourism, health etc.) and there's a specific section dedicated to books for children.

BIBLIOGRAPHIES
The following bibliographies are freely available:Bibliografia Museo Civico D. Dal Lago, Brasile, Guatemala, India, La casa, Perù, Alla scoperta della fisica con... Jules Verne , 33 Giri , Argentina , Balcani, Cina , Cuba , Marocco , Messico , Natale , Senegal , Interculturale , Irlanda , Una bibliografia per i commercianti , Valdagno e Valle dell'Agno Bibliografia anno 2000 -2011, Nati per leggere , Quando nasce un bambino , L'elettromotrice 001, Bibliografia sulla pace, Fisica etc...

THIS TIME WE ARE TALKING ABOUT.
Every 15 days in the room "Spring" you can find a choice of books either written by a oteworthy novelist, or published by a particular publishing house, or concerning a specific argument., for children from 0 to 7, from 8 to 13 and for G/A.

CHILDREN ARE ALWAYS WELCOME IN OUR PUBLIC LIBRARY
Every year all the pupils attending the third year of the Municipality Primary School spend one morning in the library. (they are about 230).
They are taught to consult the computer in order to locate books on the shelves in a sort of treasure hunt. Also pupils from other classes can take advantage of this opportunity, at their teacher's request.

EXPLORING THE LIBRARY IN A BOOK'S COMPANY
High school students approach the library and the use of is many informative instruments. Divided into teams, each group has to find a book "travelling" through all different rooms to find in encyclopedias, atlas, dictionaries. the book's history and everything about its author.

GETTING TO KNOW THE PUBLIC LIBRARY
At the beginning of every school year the students from the first courses of Valdagno's Secondary Schools (about 360 students) are invited to visit the library and get acquainted with the premises, the staff and the infinite possibilities it offers.
Also students from other courses can take advantage of this opportunity, at their teacher's request. We also cooperate in sponsoring and helping promote the Liceo of Valdagno's yearly literary competition A Book as a Friend, which awards the students' best reviews of meaninful literary works. The collection of these reviews are published and available here free of charge.

BOOK LOANS AT THE HAIRDRESSER'S
All the hairdressers who have accepted our proposal will be monthly supplied with 30 books from the library for you to consult or borrow.

BORN TO READ
It's a national plan (www.natiperleggere.it) to read to children from their sixth month of life. In our library literature about that, as well as the bibliographies "Nati per leggere" and "Quando nasce un bambino", are freely available. All the pediatricians who have accepted our proposal are monthly supplied with 30 books for children (and some for adults) to be consulted or borrowed. Thank to the Coop Veneto, pediatricians give a book to all children they visit in the occasion of the 6 Th month health control. Besides, when new dads report their child birth, they receie a welcome letter signed by our mayor and the leaflet "Nati per leggere". 

YOUR PUBLIC LIBRARY AT HOME
Can't you come and visit us, but just the same you want to read a book or a newspaper, or you want someone, who reads them for you? Call us and take advantage of this new service:
a volunteer of "Banca del tempo" will deliver direct home what you chose to read!