Near P.ta Venezia, in a former cinema, there is this tiny public library on 2 levels: on the ground floor there is a corner where you can sit and read newspapers and magazines (take TuttoMilano, a weekly what’s on guide with a couple of pages in English), an area with travel guides, another with CDs and movies and another for the kids.
On the first floor there are some tables where you can sit and study, listen to music or simply relax. There are also a couple of PCs with Internet connection (but you have to book them in advance by registering at the desk) and an area with equipment for blind readers.
It is not so easy to find a place to sit because it’s always crowded with university students that have elected it as an ideal spot for studying alone or together (they are all very silent, only the staff is noisy), so I usually go there either very early or after work.
It’s a charming environment and I personally think that it’s worth a visit, not only for the library in itself, but also because it’s in a crossroad of tiny streets with some of the most beautiful Art Nouveau buildings in Milan. Take via Malpighi and you’ll find Casa Guazzoni, decorated with putti (statues representing joyful babies), walk further on and you’ll see Casa Galimberti with painted walls representing beautiful women with grapes and fruits.
Biblioteca Porta Venezia | Art & culture, Relaxing | Free
Via Frisi 2/4 | +390288465799
Mon & Wed & Fri 13:30 – 19:30, Tue & Thu & Sat 10:30 – 19:30