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Structures promoting knowledge, culture and sports

The University of Coimbra has an extensive and wide programme of activities, and its impact goes far beyond the University and the Coimbra region’s limits. 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 – 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.

Academic Association of Coimbra – This is one of the largest students’ associations in the world and it is has an essential role in the University of Coimbra’s life. It also offers a wide range of activities, with over 50 sportive, cultural and autonomous sections.

General Library – Allocated in two buildings, the so-called new building, and the King John’s 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.

D. Dinis Cultural Centre – This is a space for interaction between students and it’s prepared to host music or dance performances and other cultural activities. There are also piano, yoga and dance lessons taking place here.

Casa da Pedra Cultural Centre – This centre helds several cultural activities, promoted by the students community. It also provides a bar and food service. This is the lounge area by excellence in the Campus II of the University.

April 25th Documentation Centre – Created in December 1984, it aims 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.

College of Arts This Organic Unit of the University of Coimbra is focused on contemporary art, in its relation with architecture, cinema and performing arts from an interdisciplinary perspective.

Free Language Courses – The linguistic diversity is all over us today. Seize the variety of the language courses that the University offers you.

General Study – This is the Repository of the University of Coimbra's Scientific Production. Here you’ll find the digital contents of a scientific nature by authors from the University of Coimbra. The purpose of this repository is to gather all the University of Coimbra's scientific research.

Coimbra's University Stadium – 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.

Academic Museum – Sponsored by the University, the Museum's mission is to gather, preserve and disseminate the values of the academic 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.

University of Coimbra Press – This is the 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.

Institute for Interdisciplinary Research – Education and Research Organic Unit that promotes advanced interdisciplinary research and training, aiming at guaranteeing the international notoriety and reputation of the research made at the University of Coimbra.

University of Coimbra Botanical Garden – It was 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.

The Libraries Portal of the University of Coimbra
– The University of Coimbra has the largest bibliographic collection of all the Portuguese universities. It has about 2.5 million books in its nearly 80 libraries. Many of these books are now searchable online, through the Libraries Portal.Museum of Science – This is 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.

Rua Larga – Magazine open to the ideas that flow within the University of Coimbra.

Gil Vicente Academic Theatre – 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.