Promotion of knowledge, culture and sports

The University of Coimbra has an extensive programme of a very diverse nature and which impacts are felt way beyond the University and the region of Coimbra.

This area contains links to some of the University's most important structures and projects in connection with cultural dissemination and the promotion of science, knowledge and sports.

  • University of Coimbra Archives (in Portuguese). Keeper of the very rich wealth of documents produced and received by the University of Coimbra, it also keeps the documentary resources of the District Archives.
  • General Library (in Portuguese). It spans two buildings, the so-called new building, and the Joanina Library, in the "University yard". It is one of the country's, and Europe's, largest libraries, with an outstanding acquis and a number of value-added services to the community at large.
  • April 25th Documentation Centre (in Portuguese). Created in December 1984, its aim is to recover, organize and make available to scientific research the valuable documentary resources on the Portuguese Revolution of 1974, the events leading to it and its main consequences. Its main services are a specialized library, private archives, press clipping, audio-visual and iconographic archives.
  • Coimbra's University Stadium (in Portuguese). Structure that fosters the practice and learning of physical activities and sports by the community of the University and also the community at large, by making its facilities available to the general public and organizing sport and leisure activities.
  • University of Coimbra Press (in Portuguese). Publisher of the University, the Press, which origins ate back to 1548, is highly dynamic and strongly oriented towards the dissemination of the knowledge produced at the University.
  • University of Coimbra Botanical Garden (in Portuguese). Created in 1772 and made part of the Museum of Natural History set up by the university reformation of the Marquis de Pombal, it was declared as a public-interest property in 1996. The Garden's area was successively enlarged and reaches today 13.5 hectares.
  • Academic Museum. Sponsored by the University, the Museum's mission is to gather, preserve and disseminate the values of the acaemic community, within the scope of its tradition and its history. Its acquis is paramount for research in many academic areas. The first Museum of the academic life was created in 1951. Adress: Colégio de S. Jerónimo, Praça D. Dinis, Apartado 3097, 3001-401 Coimbra. Phon: (+351) 239 827 396. E-mail: museuacademico@ci.uc.pt. Time-table: Week-days, 9 a.m. -12 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Museum of Science (in Portuguese). A project with incomparable features in Portugal. According to international specialists, the University of Coimbra has a scientific acquis of unseen wealth in the country and this Museum is its holder, therefore not to be missed.
  • Gil Vicente Academic Theatre (in Portuguese). Inaugurated in 1961 and held since by the University, the Theatre strongly supports the artistic and cultural production of the Academic Association of Coimbra and also hosts productions from other groups and companies from Coimbra and from around the world. It is an unmistakable cultural reference in Coimbra and its surroundings.
  • Rua Larga (in Portuguese). Magazine open to the ideas that flow within the University of Coimbra.