An old library, opening at midnight, is the environment and safe haven for a crowd of maladjusted people.
The library has lost his organization and function; the books are all getting spoilt and the employees seem to have the only aim to disturb and torture the readers.
There are parts of the library, which have fallen into darkness. Some of them have been conquered back by nature and occupied by many animals. Other sections have become part of the underground life of the city.
What is left of the library is a graveyard, where every book is a lost soul with its lonely voice. Every book is waiting for someone to read its content, as if it was a last living residue of the author. Most of the books, however, since no reader has asked for them for a long time, are consumed by some sort of depression.
At 8 o'clock in the morning, the same people who were wandering through the library, will try to escape with a sort of a rebours energy.
Giro Lamenti, an Italian tardy student, is searching for information about the history of the 20th century on the night before his diploma. He is forced to watch something like a crazy circus, organized by the library's employees and the director over the night. In the end he is pushed out, without having found any book that would help him. As he feels the fresh air of early morning, he has lost any hope to be ready for his examination.