The city library, established in December 1996, is named after Simon Augelluzzi (Cava dei Tirreni 1876 - Eboli 1957) elementary school teacher who moved to Eboli the early twentieth century, was inserted in social and cultural life of the city as a journalist and active radical. He was the author of several works including Soror (antique novella), Joanna I, Queen of Naples, Il Nostro Romanzo, Le Gesta dei Dardanelli, Eboli in legend and history. Passionate about archeology he worked in the field until the fifties as Royal Honorary Inspector of Monuments and Excavations for the district Eboli. April 22, 1926 formed the Federation of Ebolitan Libraries, collecting the patrimony of some small libraries belonging to some cultural circles. In 1933 the Federation became a popular and its aim was to make it accessible to everyone. During World War II the patrimony of the Federation was greatly reduced and damaged, but was reconstituted thanks to the tirelessness of its founder and his pupil Paul Merola. The latter continued to run the Federation after the master's death until 1996, when he donated to the City of Eboli the patrimony and furnishings. On 24 May 2014, five years after his death, the ancient room of the library was named after him: prof. Paul Merola for significant contribution to the formation of the municipal library, as well as for the commitment always made for the promotion and dissemination of culture. It is located in the monumental complex of San Francesco, beside the homonymous Church, the is Library overlooking the ancient center. Its staff is available to users and provides all kinds of information (bibliographic, administrative and community).
The documents held by the library are available on the ground floor and organized into sections:
- Modern Section: volumes of different genres (fiction, nonfiction, biographies, social sciences, literature for children and young people);
- Section of local history: Eboli and neighboring areas;
- Antiques Section: Ebolitane Libraries Fund Federation and Sciacchitano Angelo Fund, chief engineer of the provincial Merchant Marine of Naples (volumes of fiction and scientific treatises on mathematics, physics, theory of navigation and maritime area);
- Young Section: books for children and teens;
- General works: encyclopedias, yearbooks, bibliographies, dictionaries and atlases;
- Multimedia Section: multimedia (CD-Rom, DVD and VHS) of various kinds, 6 stations with internet connection and 1 seat for the consultation of the photographic images;
- Historical archive: Resolutions of the Board and the City Council from 1810 to 1950 and historical documents from the beginning of 1800 to 1950, inventoried and classified by the Archival Superintendency of Naples.
On the mezzanine floor, the structure houses the Photographic Archive, the Media Library, the Historical Archives and the Congress hall "Maurizio Mangrella".
The Municipal photographic archive has about 45,000 photos of which 25,000 have been digitalized which are being uploaded to www.eboliarchiviodigitale.it . Gallotta Fund: Bought by Eboli in 1985, it is formed by various types of photographic material which belonged to Luigi Gallotta. He started taking photos during the first world war and never stopped until his death in 1995. He was born in Eboli in 1898. He fought in the first world was and on his return he was commissioned many photography works. He was asked to document the process of the building of the dam of Persano and of the activities promoted by the regime in Salerno. He won many national and international awards for his photography.
His fund documents: Urban transformations of Eboli and the Sele Plain. Public events in Eboli and the Salerno Province. Popular traditional celebrations portraits Somma Fund: It contains about 300 digitalized images by Marcello Somma- Honorary Inspector of the Archaeological Superintendence of Salerno. The fund documents military, religious and public events in Eboli and the Sele Plain. Fondo Malgrati: It contains about one hundred postcards belonging to Antonio Malgrati, collectivist of antique postcards and stamps. Part of the Gallotta fund is available at www.sbn.it and www.polonap.bnnonline.it . Go to “Opac del polo SBN Napoli” then “Cataloghi online delle Biblioteche del Polo SBN di Napoli” then “Provincia di Salerno” then “Eboli (SA)”. “Memories and images of the Sele Plain” is the title of the project financed with POR FESR funds and created by the Culture Sector for the digitalization of the Municipal Archive. The images of the archive have been digitalized, catalogued and put online. You can download the mobile App EBAD (Eboli Archivio Digitale) from any Apple or Android device. Walking through any of the 7 itineraries in the Old Town it is possible to see on marked spots images from how the town used to be.
OPENING TIMES AND CONTACTS
-Mornings: Monday to Friday (9.00-13.00)
-afternoon: Tuesday to Thursday (15.00-18.00)
Summer closing: 3rd to 17th of August.
Telephone number: +39 0828 328312