Libraries in Italy

 

History of Science

Museo Galileo  

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Piazza dei Giudici 1 – Firenze
Tel. 055-265311

Hours
Hours: 9:00-16:30 M-F; 9:00-13:00 Sat

Access
Passport and Letter of Presentation

Houses some 250,000 items on the history of science as well as an archive of primary sources.

 

Italian Studies

Accademia della Crusca  

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Via di Castello, 46 — Firenze
Tel. 055-454277/78

Hours
9:00-14:00 M-Tu, Th-F; 9:00-17:00 W

Access
Letter of introduction.

The archive of the Accademia della Crusca houses documents relating to the Academy (diaries of members, acts of the Academy, etc.) as well as dictionaries of the Italian language (going back to the early modern period), manuscripts, and the like.

 

Biblioteca delle Oblate

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Via dell’Oriuolo, 24 — Firenze
Tel: 055 2616512

Hours

14:00-22:00 M; 9:00-24:00 Tu-Sat

Access

ID

This is a public library with generous opening and computer hours. Houses mostly fiction and in Italian, but also dictionaries and encyclopedias.

 

European University Institute

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Via dei Roccettini 9 — San Domenico di Fiesole

Tel: 055 4685407

 Hours

8:30-22:30 M-Sat

Access

Fill out Access Request Form (NB: The library will be closed during the Fall semester of 2015 because of building constructions)

Houses collections in international law, languages & literature, history, sociology, economics, science & technology, political science.

 

Istituto Geografico Militare  

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Via Cesare Battisti, 10/12 – Firenze
Tel. 055-2732244
Hours
8:30-13:00 M-F
Access
ID

Houses collections related to the military, but also in astronomy, cartography, anthropology, law, sociology, political history

 

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze

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Piazza dei Cavalleggeri, 1 – Firenze

Tel. 055- 24919280

Hours

8:15-19:00 M-F; 8:15-13:30 Sat

Access

ID

Houses both modern books in all fields as well as numerous manuscripts and rare and unique materials from the Middle Age and the Renaissance.

 

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Roma  

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Viale Castro Pretorio, 105 — Roma
Tel. 06-49891

Hours
8:30-19:00 M-F (books can be requested until 14:30); 8:30-13:30 Sat (books can be requested until 11:30)

Access
ID

 

Biblioteca Universitaria Alessandrina, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”  

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Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5 — Roma
Tel. 06-4474021, 06-44740220

Hours
8:30-19:30 M-F; 8:30-13:30 Sat

Access
ID

Holds collections in most areas of study and is open to undergraduate students.

 

Abbazia Benedettina Santa Maria Assunta di Praglia: Biblioteca Santa Maria Assunta  

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Via Abbazia di Praglia, 16 — Bresseo di Teolo (PD)
Tel. 049-9900625 (Director: Stefano Guglielmo Scannerini)

Hours
9:30-12:15; 15:30-18:15 Tue-Sat.

Access
ID and letter of introduction (for consultation of manuscripts).

 

 

Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Biblioteca Ambrosiana  

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Piazza Pio XI, 2 — Milano
Tel. 02-806921

Hours
The Reading Room is open 9:30-17:00 M-F; consultation requests can be entered 9:30-11:45 and 14:00-16:30.

Access
ID and letter of introduction.

This is one of the most significant libraries in the world with holdings of more than 1 million rare books and manuscripts.

 

Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana  

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Porta Sant’Anna – Città del Vaticano
Tel. 06-69879403
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 Hours
Reading Rooms are open 8:45-17:15 M-F
The Secret Archives are open: 8:15-13:00 M-F

Access
Introduction Letter indicating qualification level (professor or researcher, Ph.D.): “The Library is open to qualified researchers and scholars who can provide documentation of their qualifications and their need to access the materials conserved in the Library.” Also bring identification documents to get through the “Porta Sant’Anna,” the main entrance to the “Vatican State.”

The Admissions Office is open 8:45-12:00 M-F; 15:00-16:00 M, Th

See: Access Policy

The Vatican Library holds one of the largest collections of rare books and manuscripts in the world.

 

Biblioteca Civica Bertoliana  

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Sede di Palazzo S. Giacomo, Contrà Riale, 5 — Vicenza
Tel. 0444-578211
Reference Office: [email protected]; Manuscripts Office: [email protected]; Rare Books Office: [email protected]; Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery: [email protected]; general: [email protected]

Hours
8:00-19:00 M-F; 8:00-12:30 Sat.

Access
ID

 

Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana  

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Piazza San Lorenzo, 9 — Firenze
Tel. 055-211590
[email protected]

Hours
8:00-14:00 M, W, F; 8:00-17:30 Tu, Th

Access
ID and letter of introduction.

Specializes in the conservation and study of its manuscript and rare book collections. The Library holds around 11,000 manuscripts, 2,500 papyri, 43 ostraka, 566 incunabula, 1,681 sixteenth century printed books, 592 periodicals on related subjects and a total of 126,527 books dating from the seventeenth to the twentieth century.

 

Villa I Tatti: Biblioteca and Fototeca Berenson  

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Via di Vincigliata, 26 — Firenze
Tel. 055-603251
[email protected] (library) and [email protected] (photo archive)

Hours:
9:00-18:00 M-F

Access:
By appointment. Letter of Introduction.

This Harvard University library specializes in the Renaissance.

 

History of Art & Architecture

Biblioteca di Archeologia e Storia dell’Arte (BiASA)  

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Piazza Venezia, 3 — Roma
Tel. 06-6977001

This is probably the richest library in Rome for Art History and Archaeology with 600,000 volumes, 3,500 periodicals, 19,000 photographs, engravings, and drawings.

Hours
M-F 8:30-19:30; Sat. 9:30-13:30.  Distribution hours: 9:30-13:30; 14:00-18:00 M-F; 9:30-13:00 Sat. Reproductive services (here you can have microfilm scanned onto a CD, for example) are open M-Sat. 10:00-13:00; M-F 15:00-18:00.
Access
Open to undergraduates. All you need to enter is an ID and you will be asked to fill out a carta di entrata with your name, nationality, and profession. To locate items pre-1992, please search: Biblioteca Digitale Italiana: Cataloghi storici

 

Bibliotheca Hertziana, Max-Planck Institut für Kunstgeschichte  

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Via Gregoriana, 28 — Roma
Tel. 06-69993242 (library) 06-699931 (switch board)

Hours
9:30-20:00 M-F

Access
Letter of introduction, ID, photos, and diploma or other official documentation showing minimally a Master’s/Magister Artium degree (request of materials 9:30-11:00 M, Tu, Th, F; 15:00-17:00 Wed).

 

Bibliothèque de l’Académie de France à Rome, Villa Medici  

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Viale Trinità dei Monti, 1 — Roma
Tel. 06-6761263

Hours
9:00-13:00 / 14:00-17:30 M-Th; 9:00-13:00 / 14:00-18:30 F

Access
By appointment. Contact: Librarian Raffaella Carchesio ([email protected]), tel. 06-6761305)

30.000 volumes in fine arts, architecture, history of art, photography, cinema, stage design, music, and literature from the French and Italian Renaissance to the present.

 

Harold Acton Library, the British Institute in Florence

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Lungarno Guicciardini, 9 — Firenze

Tel. 055 267781

 Hours

10:00-18:30 M-F

Access

Open to all

The collection gives particular focus to History of Art, English and Italian literature and language, History, Travel, The Grand Tour, and Music.

 

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz — Max-Planck-Institut  

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Via Giuseppe Giusti, 44 — Firenze
Tel. 055-24911-1

Hours
9:00-20:00 M-F; to request a library card, the hours are: 10:00-11:00 Tu, Th; 14:00-15:00 W

Access
Introduction letter, photographs, and ID. Must be at least a graduate student working on his or her dissertation.

Houses collections on the history of art and architecture from the Middle Ages to the present.

 

MART, Rovereto (Museo di arte moderna e contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto)  

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Corso Bettini, 43 — Rovereto
Tel. 0464-454148/454147
Hours
10:00-16:00 M-F

Access
ID

The MART library specializes in 19th and 20th-century art, with particular focus on avant-garde movements. It holds over 1,400 periodicals and over 70,000 volumes, including a rich collection of original Futurist publications, artists’ books and, about 10,000 exhibition catalogues.