Le Camere del Seminario

LIBRARY SAINT TOMMASO

The first mention to the Library dates back to 29th of October 1815, when the abbey Pietro Paolo Giraudi, who was the archdeacon of the Chapter of the Cathedral, made his testament. However, even before the Seminary was provided with a library. The oldest volumes were donated by Mons. Nicola in 1834 and by Mons. Fea in 1855. Instead, the most recent book heritage was created thanks to the bequests of some priests such as Father Rossano, Father Gaia, Father Triverio, Father Bussi and Father Stella and to the bequeathal of some laic people. It is necessary to remember the collection of legal matter who was donated by the lawyer Carlo Silvano. He was also the mayor of the City of Alba in the middle of the XIX century. In 1937 Father Bussi made a first reorganisation of the books and thanks to the help of some clerics he completed a card index. Moreover, as headmaster of the studies, he instituted the “Library of the Clerics” for the detailed high-school and theological studies.

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Nowadays, the book patrimony consists of 30.000 volumes of different matters: moral and dogmatic theology, philosophy, patristic, history, ecclesiastic history and literature. Besides, there are volumes of local interest and periodic volumes of religious matter. Finally, the Library owns manuscripts, incunabula, 16th-century and other old editions. At present it is dedicated to Saint Thomas Aquinas, the great theologian and doctor of the Church, who lived in the XIII century.

The Library is open to the public on Tuesday and on Wednesday from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm and from 2 pm to 5:30 pm. It is highly recommended to call 0173440200 or +393669061492 to verify the real opening of the library.

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The religious house “The Seminary” is located in the very heart of Alba city centre. It is only 10 minutes away from the railway station and it is also reachable by car.

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