Libraries in Italy
History of Science
Piazza dei Giudici 1 – Firenze
Hours: 9:00-16:30 M-F; 9:00-13:00 Sat
Passport and Letter of Presentation
Houses some 250,000 items on the history of science as well as an archive of primary sources.
Accademia della Crusca
Via di Castello, 46 — Firenze
9:00-14:00 M-Tu, Th-F; 9:00-17:00 W
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
Via dell’Oriuolo, 24 — Firenze
Tel: 055 2616512
14:00-22:00 M; 9:00-24:00 Tu-Sat
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
Via dei Roccettini 9 — San Domenico di Fiesole
Tel: 055 4685407
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
Via Cesare Battisti, 10/12 – Firenze
Houses collections related to the military, but also in astronomy, cartography, anthropology, law, sociology, political history
Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze
Piazza dei Cavalleggeri, 1 – Firenze
Tel. 055- 24919280
8:15-19:00 M-F; 8:15-13:30 Sat
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
Viale Castro Pretorio, 105 — Roma
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)
Biblioteca Universitaria Alessandrina, Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”
Piazzale Aldo Moro, 5 — Roma
Tel. 06-4474021, 06-44740220
8:30-19:30 M-F; 8:30-13:30 Sat
Holds collections in most areas of study and is open to undergraduate students.
Abbazia Benedettina Santa Maria Assunta di Praglia: Biblioteca Santa Maria Assunta
Via Abbazia di Praglia, 16 — Bresseo di Teolo (PD)
Tel. 049-9900625 (Director: Stefano Guglielmo Scannerini)
9:30-12:15; 15:30-18:15 Tue-Sat.
ID and letter of introduction (for consultation of manuscripts).
Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Piazza Pio XI, 2 — Milano
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.
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
Porta Sant’Anna – Città del Vaticano
Reading Rooms are open 8:45-17:15 M-F
The Secret Archives are open: 8:15-13:00 M-F
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
Sede di Palazzo S. Giacomo, Contrà Riale, 5 — Vicenza
Reference Office: [email protected]; Manuscripts Office: [email protected]; Rare Books Office: [email protected]; Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery: [email protected]; general: [email protected]
8:00-19:00 M-F; 8:00-12:30 Sat.
Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana
Piazza San Lorenzo, 9 — Firenze
8:00-14:00 M, W, F; 8:00-17:30 Tu, Th
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
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)
Piazza Venezia, 3 — Roma
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.
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.
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
Via Gregoriana, 28 — Roma
Tel. 06-69993242 (library) 06-699931 (switch board)
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
Viale Trinità dei Monti, 1 — Roma
9:00-13:00 / 14:00-17:30 M-Th; 9:00-13:00 / 14:00-18:30 F
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
Lungarno Guicciardini, 9 — Firenze
Tel. 055 267781
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
Via Giuseppe Giusti, 44 — Firenze
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
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)
Corso Bettini, 43 — Rovereto
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.