“I want to announce here that, this year, we will inject an extraordinary fund of 70 thousand new titles into the Almeida Garrett Municipal Library, reinforcing its vocation as a great public reading library in Porto”, revealed the mayor of Porto, Rui Moreira, by inaugurating, this Thursday, the city’s seventh wandering library dedicated to archaeology.
According to the mayor of Porto, of these “70 thousand new titles, 57 thousand should be available in reading rooms or for loan by the month of June”. They refer to “themes as varied as fiction and poetry, children’s literature, arts, sciences, philosophy, education and spirituality”.
“This measure is unprecedented and extraordinary and corresponds to practically double the Library’s foundation resources, when it opened in 2001”, highlighted Rui Moreira, remembering that it opened with a collection of 40 thousand titles.
The mayor of Porto also announced that, at the Almeida Garrett Library, works are progressing with a view to building a Strong House, where the manuscript fund of the Municipal Public Library will be placed, “in the best technical conditions”, which will be the target of a profound intervention. “The operation should be completed in October”, said the mayor, estimating that, at that time, the funds could already be available for “consultation, study or digitalization”.
In fact, it is precisely due to the intervention in the Municipal Public Library that Porto City Council moved forward with the wandering libraries project. This Thursday, Rui Moreira inaugurated the Archeology Library, in Parque da Pasteleira, with a collection of 800 books. “We are pulverizing the city with books and we are giving lightness, proximity, to public reading libraries”, considered Rui Moreira.
“The dream of dispersing the city with small libraries will bring books and reading closer and further”, reinforced the director of the Porto Museum and Libraries, Jorge Sobrado, announcing the opening, on April 23, of a library with around five thousand books by writers from the city, from classics to contemporary ones. A space dedicated to humor (Parque do Covelo), another to poetry (former Casa de Eugénio de Andrade) and periodicals from Porto (Escola Pires de Lima) is also being prepared.