Lisbon City Council advances with new library in Benfica that will house the collection of António Lobo Antunes

The Lisbon City Council will proceed with the creation of a new municipal library in the parish of Benfica, in the building of the former Fábrica Simões, referring that it will be the “new home” of the literary estate of the writer António Lobo Antunes.

“This library will also be the new home of the literary estate of the writer António Lobo Antunes, consisting of around 20 thousand titles, manuscripts and other documents, donated by the author to the city of Lisbon”, revealed the city council.

In honor of António Lobo Antunes, the choice of the day for the presentation of the new library project, next Thursday, September 01, has “a special meaning”, because it coincides with his date of birth, highlighted the municipality.

The writer António Lobo Antunes was born in the Lisbon parish of Benfica, on September 1, 1942, and next Thursday he celebrates eight decades of life.

“The future library of Benfica is the 19th municipal library in the city of Lisbon”, said the council, in a statement, explaining that the project is part of the Biblioteca XXI Strategic Program, to enhance the territory and cultural heritage of the Portuguese capital.

The municipality’s strategy also aims to “promote free access to culture”, informed the city council, adding that, in this context, the 24 parishes of Lisbon are being provided “with cultural facilities of proximity, properly structured and open to all citizens. ”

According to information from the Lisbon Chamber, this new library will occupy two floors, in a total area of ​​1,850 square meters, “with different features and spaces designed for families, adults, children and young people”.

The project also foresees the existence of a multipurpose area with a gallery, as well as a room called “Espaço António Lobo Antunes”, to reinforce the importance of his thinking and his literary work in the dissemination of the Portuguese language in Portugal and abroad, he stressed. the autarchy.

The new library will be located in the building of the former Fábrica Simões, on Avenida Pereira Gomes, and its construction is the result of a protocol signed between the Lisbon City Council and the company Teixeira Duarte, sponsor of the project, said the municipality.

The project for the future municipal library of Benfica will be presented on Thursday, at 11:00, with the presence of the Mayor of Lisbon, Carlos Moedas (PSD), the Councilor for Culture, Diogo Moura (CDS-PP), the president of the Parish Council of Benfica, Ricardo Marques (PS) and the administrator of the company Teixeira Duarte, Diogo Rebelo.

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