Approximately 33.000 volumes, of which about one quarter are antique, were expertly arranged in the rooms of the Priory. D’Annunzio, together with his librarian Antonio Bruers, planned the library dividing the books according to subject, organizing them according to the following themes: Latin and Greek literature and history; Dante; Italian literature; Italian dialects; Italian medieval history; foreign authors in Italian; French, English, German and Spanish literature and stories; the Great War; moral, historic, legal, physical, mathematical, natural, religious and philosophical sciences; a series dedicated to the Orient; fine arts; theatre; music; etc.
The library provides documentary evidence of the methods, the sources and the materials which were object of study, preparation and inspiration for d’Annunzio the writer, poet, dramatist and orator, through the evident traces of his having read the works: the folded corners of the pages of the books, the frequent pencil marks, the bookmarks, the cards and the dried flowers placed between the pages – which are still there – among the passages on which he meditated.
The library, which d’Annunzio added to up to the end of his days, also includes a nucleus of musical manuscripts, some of the earliest printed works, about 300 sixteenth century volumes purchased from Italian and French antique dealers.
D’Annunzio’s private library can only be consulted at the Vittoriale, loans not being allowed. About half of the volumes of the Private Library of Gabriele d’Annunzio have been included in the National Library System. On this site it is possible to consult the catalogue (which is still incomplete) while at the Vittoriale the complete paper catalogue is available on Staderini cards.