Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana

by Jean Marie Carey on May 3, 2012

Piazza San Lorenzo, 9
50123 Florence
T) +39-055210760 – 211590 – 214443

Visiting Hours:
Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays : 8.00 am – 2.00 pm; Tuesdays and Thursdays: 8.00 am – 17.30 pm

Resources Offered:
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. More information.

Terms of Access:
Open to students and scholars who can prove they are conducting research requiring access to manuscripts or rare books. Direct consultation of originals granted only for justified reasons. Black and white microfilms and color slides of manuscript illuminations, papyri, and unbound papers are available. Modern printed material also available, though those books readily accessible elsewhere in Florence may only be consulted by readers studying manuscripts or rare books. Note: Library not easily accessible to those with physical disabilities. In a limited traffic zone, the library is one flight up with no elevator or adapted toilets. Contact the Public Relations Office well in advance to make arrangements for assistance.

To obtain a readers pass, bring photo ID (passport, drivers license) and documentation of affiliation (letter of introduction, university ID). Be prepared to specify subject/scope of  research and type material desired. Students should also provide a letter of recommendation on letterhead from research adviser describing student’s curriculum, ability to work with manuscripts or rare books, and approximate time needed for research.

Reproduction services/policies:
The library’s manuscripts and certain other material have been microfilmed/photographed. The library has a microfilm, photograph, and slide collection that is accessible to the public. For a fee, copies can be obtained for research or publication purposes. More information about fees and their associated forms are available here, under “Services and Facilities.”

Closing Dates:
Closed from September 1-15 and  on religious and civic holidays: January 1 and 6; April 25; May 1; June 2; August 15; November 1; December 8, 25, and 26. On June 24th, the library is open, however, only “essential services are provided.”

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