Milan’s international bookshop celebrates 40th birthday

Serving Milan’s expat community and language students.

Milan’s international bookshop Il Libro will mark 40 years of activity on Friday 13 April with a 40-hour marathon opening – until 23.00 on Saturday.

Launched in January 1978 by Margherita Brighenti in Via Ozanam, near the city’s central boulevard Corso Buenos Aires, Il Libro originally served two local German schools.  But over the years – decades – it has become Milan’s point of reference for foreign language textbooks and literature.

Anna Kircheis, daughter of the founder who now manages the shop, has decided to celebrate with a 40-hour programme of meetings, debates and workshops all themed on internationality, involving the schools she still supplies with books, publishers, suppliers and other independent bookshops.

“Our shop isn’t just a place to sell books,” Anna says. “It’s a reference point for everyone who wants to learn a foreign language – including Italian.”

The birthday programme will start at 07.00 and range from creative labs and mini-theatre in English for kids to calligraphy lessons and translation workshops. Scottish ghosts will visit the party at midnight, and partygoers will tango until the dawn. And celebrations would not be complete without toasts and snacks.

The detailed programme of the party is on the bookshop’s website.