The Ambassador of Italy to Lebanon, Nicoletta Bombardiere, together with the Director of the Center for Languages and Translation, Dr. Rabih Machaalany, inaugurated the Italian Library, a donation from the Italian Ministry of Culture, in collaboration with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, at the Center for Languages and Translation. The ceremony took place in the presence of the Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at the Lebanese University, Dr. Ahmad Rahab, of the Director of the Institute of Culture in Lebanon, Monica Zecca, of the Italian Lecturer at the Lebanese University, Caterina Carlini , and numerous students of the Italian language classes.
The Italian Library constitutes a prestigious award that the Italian Ministry of Culture has decided to assign this year to the Center for Languages and Translation, being a prominent institution in the field of the dissemination of the Italian language. There are about 550 volumes on various themes, from literature to history and various arts, from geography and landscape to archeology, and from gastronomy to cinema, including also 34 DVDs of Italian cinema masterpieces. A real journey into the Italian culture world, through the works of the greatest classical and contemporary Italian authors.
The Italian Cultural Institute wanted to further enhance the donation by equipping the library with appropriate shelving for the conservation and consultation of all currently existing volumes as well as the future acquisitions, in order to create an organic and easily accessible Italian section of the CLT Library.