Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze

by Jean Marie Carey on April 27, 2012

Piazza dei Cavalleggeri 1
50122 Florence
Switchboard Telephone: +39 055 249 191
General Information: +39 055 249 19280/+39 055 249 19267
F) +39 055 234 2482

Visiting Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:15 – 19; Saturday 8:15 – 13:30

Resources offered:
The Biblioteca Nazionale houses a variety of documents and primary sources related to Florentine history. There is a collection of newspapers and magazines from 1886 to the present. There are also various other periodicals; manuscripts; musical recordings and scores; and a collection of drawings.

Terms of access:
The library is open to the general public. To obtain access only a photo ID is required. For non-Italians the preferred form of photo identification is a passport. While not necessary, a letter of presentation is appreciated by the staff. There are different levels of reading card. Scholars wishing to use the Sala Manoscritti should make that known at application. Access cards (tessere) can be obtained Monday-Friday 8:15 – 14 and  14:30 – 17 and Saturday 8:15 – 13.

Reproduction Services/policies:
Photocopies are not allowed, but users may request digital scans or photographs of library collections. Ph.D. theses may only be copied with written permission from the author. Requests cannot be made by phone but must be submitted directly to library staff or sent by e-mail, fax or letter. Separate rules apply whether for study or publication purposes.

The library is located near Piazza Santa Croce along the Lungarno. The library is a 10 minute walk from the Piazza del Duomo. There are various bus lines that will stop near the library.

Closing dates:
The archive is closed the month of August and other Italian holidays.

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