Several free libraries are maintained.
Libraries are numerous in Italy, those even of small cities being often rich in manuscripts and valuable works.
The libraries of the city contain an aggregate of some 300,000 volumes.
The libraries that existed, such as the one at Alexandria, contained reading rooms because when you read a book, you read it aloud.
Besides the Government reference libraries at the British Museum and South Kensington there are other such libraries, of a specialized character, as at the Patent Office and the Record Office.