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Libraries in Florence

 Florentine Libraries relevant to historians:

Accademia dei Georgofili

Logge degli Uffizi Corti - 50122 Firenze FI

The library has an online catalogue for books and journals (1992-).

Archivio Fotografico Toscano

Via Santa Caterina 17 - 59100 Prato PO

The AFT consists of a  collection of photographs dating from the second half of the 19th century to the 1990s, made of approx. 200,000 images. It includes material both linked to the Tuscan territory and of national and international interest. It also has a large collection of historical museum items and a newspaper library focusing on photography with Italian and foreign publications.

Associazione Nazionale Sandro Pertini

Via Michelangiolo Buonarroti, 13, 50122 Firenze FI

Holds an extensive archive and library.

Biblioteca dell'Accademia della Crusca

Via di Castello, 46, 50141 Firenze FI

Born in Florence between 1582 and 1583, the Accademia della Crusca is one of the main points of reference for research on the Italian language both nationally and internationally.

Biblioteca della Casa Buonarroti

Via Ghibellina, 70, 50122 Firenze FI

The library and archive of the Casa Buonarroti Foundation.

Biblioteca della Fondazione Stensen

V.le Don Minzoni 25/G, 50129  Firenze FI

This library builds upon the collection gathered by the Jesuit fathers of Florence. Among its holdings, it hosts the Guido Manacorda collection (1879 –1965), Raffaele Ciampini collection (1895-1976), 3000 volumes by Jesuit authors (for example works by and about Teilhard de Chardin), all issue of journals such as La civiltà Cattolica  and  Etudes.

Extensive material on the history of Italian, French and American cinema with journals such as Cineforum, Cahiers du Cinema, Positif, Duel, SegnoCinema, Bianco e nero.

Biblioteca dell'Istituto degli Innocenti

Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, 12, 50122 Firenze FI

The Innocenti Library Alfredo Carlo Moro specialises in the rights of children and adolescents and was established in 2001 as a cooperation project between the Istituto degli Innocenti and the Innocenti Research Center of UNICEF , now the Office of Research, in agreement with the Italian government. The Library, named in 2009 to Alfredo Carlo Moro, juvenile judge and creator of the national documentation and analysis centre for children and adolescents, carries out the reference service of the national centre and the regional documentation centre for children and adolescence.

Biblioteca dell'Istituto Geografico Militare

Via Cesare Battisti, 10/12, 50121 Firenze FI

The library was established in 1865. The library's collections include around 120.000 books, along with manuscripts and historical maps dating back as far as the XVI century.

Biblioteca del Seminario Vescovile di Fiesole - Fondo Bandini

Piazza Mino da Fiesole, 1, 50014 Fiesole FI

The Bandini Fund of the Library of the Episcopal Seminary of Fiesole contains the personal library of Canon Angelo Maria Bandini, left to the Seminary by testament in 1803.

The heterogeneous nature of the collection reflects the multiple interests of the great eighteenth-century bibliophile and humanist. Religious works predominate, but philosophy, Italian, Latin and Greek literature, law, medicine and history are also well represented.

1716 editions have been catalogued, for a total of 1982 volumes.

Biblioteca delle Oblate

Via dell' Oriuolo, 24, 50122 Firenze FI

The Biblioteca delle Oblate is a public reading library , inaugurated on May 25, 2007, in the centre of Florence a few steps from Piazza Duomo, housed in the suggestive fourteenth-century former convent of the Oblate from which it takes its name.

Biblioteca e Archivio del Risorgimento

Via Sant'Egidio, 21, 50122 Firenze FI

Founded in August 1945 following the transformation of the Museo del Risorgimento in Florence, which had been established in 1901, into the Library and Archive of the Risorgimento. The library's documentary heritage includes approximately 30,000 volumes, 550 volumes of periodicals, two 16th century books, ten current periodicals and one hundred discontinued periodicals. In addition to the bibliographical funds and manuscripts, the library also preserves a large iconographic collection from the Risorgimento period.

Biblioteca Leonardiana

Via Giorgio La Pira, 1, 50059 Vinci FI

Research and documentation centre for Leonardian studies.

Biblioteca Luigi Crocetti

Piazza Filippo Brunelleschi, 4, 50121 Firenze FI

The Regional Library of Librarianship, Archival Science and Documentation Science, now housed within the Humanities Library of the University of Florence, in the Brunelleschi complex.

Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

Piazza San Lorenzo, 9, 50123 Firenze FI

The Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, belonging to the Italian Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo is an international research library specialising in the conservation and study of its manuscript and rare book collections.

Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale

Piazza dei Cavalleggeri, 1, 50122 Firenze FI

The National Central Library of Florence is a public national library, the largest in Italy and one of the most important in Europe, one of the two central libraries of Italy, along with the Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale of Rome.

Biblioteca Riccardiana

Via de' Ginori, 10, 50123 Firenze FI

The exceptionally precious manuscript heritage features autograph works by Petrarch, Boccaccio, Savonarola and the greatest Humanists (Alberti, Ficino, Poliziano and Pico della Mirandola) as well as splendid illuminated codices, magnificent bindings and precious nuclei from other aristocratic and humanist libraries, the correspondence of famous men, and numerous rare works related to the theatre, the pharmacopoeia, travel, history and literature.

Fondazione di Studi Storici “Filippo Turati”

13, Via Michelangelo Buonarroti, 50121 Firenze FI

Housing an extensive library and archive specialising in political culture and social history.

Fondazione Istituto Internazionale di Storia Economica F. Datini

Via Ser Lapo Mazzei, 37, 59100 Prato PO

The Institute's Library offers online access to the Tables of Contents of Italian scientific journals and electronic versions of historical writings and essays related to the activities of the Institution.

Fondazione Spadolini Nuova Antologia

Via del Pian dei Giullari, 36, 50125 Firenze FI


Gabinetto Scientifico Letterario - G.P. Vieusseux

Piazza degli Strozzi, 50123 Firenze FI

The Gabinetto Vieusseux offers access to primary sources and materials (books and journals) specialised in the history of the Italian and European XIXth century and especially dealing with the cultural and literary history of the XIXth century. You have access to the XIXth century culture in all European languages. The Library catalogue is accessible online directly and also through the SDIAF (Sistema Documentario Integrato dell'Area Fiorentina). A list of scholarly journals in all languages available in the Vieusseux Library and published during the XIXth century: Catalogo dei periodici dell’800 posseduti dal Gabinetto Vieusseux.

IRIS Associazione di biblioteche storico-artistiche e umanistiche dell’area fiorentina

The IRIS Consortium is headquartered at the Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento, Palazzo Strozzi, Piazza degli Strozzi, 50123 Firenze FI.

The IRIS Consortium, founded in 1993, is an association of Florentine area art history and humanities libraries consisting today of eight members. The founding members are: the Berenson Library (Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), the Library of the Dutch University Institute for Art History, and the Library of the Uffizi (Gallerie degli Uffizi, Ex SSPSAE Firenze). The consortium has expanded with the arrival of the Library of the Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento (1997), the «Ugo Procacci» Library of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure (1999), the Leonardiana Library at Vinci (2007), the Library of the Museo Nazionale del Bargello (2017) and the Library of the Fondazione Rossana e Carlo Pedretti (2019).

The member institutes have joined together to create a union catalogue (a shared bibliographic database) available in Internet to scholars all over the world. The IRIS catalog, by virtue of the highly specialised nature of these institute libraries, offers a resource unique in its richness, focussing on the Italian Renaissance, its art history (including material on the conservation and restoration of art objects), its history, literature, philosophy, political thought, science and music.

Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento

Piazza degli Strozzi, 5, 50123 Firenze FI

The Library of the National Institute of Renaissance Studies is located on the main floor of Palazzo Strozzi, in the heart of the historic centre of Florence.

Istituto Storico della Resistenza in Toscana (Istituto Storico Toscano della Resistenza e dell'Età contemporanea)

Via Giosuè Carducci, 5/37, 50121 Firenze FI

The Historical Institute of the Resistance in Tuscany (ISRT) is a non-profit organisation associated with the National Institute for the history of the liberation movement in Italy. Through its library and archive the Institute promotes the study of anti-fascism and the Resistance and more widely the knowledge of Italian contemporary history.

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz - Max-Planck-Institut

Via Giuseppe Giusti, 44, 50121 Firenze FI

The Art Libraries Network Florence - Munich - Rome (Kubikat) gives online access to the catalogues of these three German research libraries specialising in the history of art, one of which is in Florence.

Mediateca Toscana

Via San Gallo 25, 50129 Firenze

Mediateca Toscana is a multimedia and digital library specialized on cinema and audiovisual which, together with the regional government, Lanterne MagicheCinema La CompagniaToscana Film Commission and Manifatture Digitali Cinema, organises the activities of the Fondazione Sistema Toscana to promote cinema culture.

Museo Galileo

Piazza dei Giudici, 1, 50122 Firenze FI

Primary source materials, online database catalogues and e-sources dealing with the History of Science.

Società Dantesca Italiana

Via dell'Arte della Lana, 1, 50123 Firenze FI

The library of the Italian Dante Society.

The Berenson Library

Villa I Tatti, The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, Via di Vincigliata 26, 50135 Firenze FI

The Berenson Library is one of the world’s leading resources for research on the late Middle Ages and Renaissance in Italy.

The Harold Acton Library at the British Institute of Florence

Lungarno Guicciardini, 9, 50125 Firenze FI

One of the largest English language lending libraries in Europe. It is a humanities library, with strong holdings in English and Italian literature, history, and history of art. There are also significant collections of travel writing and other memoirs from the long engagement of the British with Florence, including an important Archive containing the papers and books of key figures from the resident English Colony of the early 20th Century.

Università degli Studi di Firenze: Sistema Bibliotecario di Ateneo

Coordinamento Centrale Biblioteche: Via Gino Capponi, 7, 50121 Firenze FI

The library of the University of Florence, incorporating social science, humanities and special collections libraries.


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