Practical Information

Main Library Public Hours

Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Requests for retrieval of materials from limited access areas may be made only until 5:45 p.m.

Please note that the library is closed to the public during the month of August, on Italian national and local holidays, and around the winter holidays.  

For a daily view of the library's opening hours and more specific information on closures, see our calendar.

Public services desk staffed hours

Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Hours of Ahmanson Reading Room for Special Collections

Monday through Friday, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.; 2:00 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

By prior arrangement only, it may be possible to arrange longer consultation hours for researchers visiting Florence specifically to use the Library's special collections.

I Tatti Appointees

Daily from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight.

  • Spouses or companions of current appointees may register as readers and use the library during public hours.  Those who are also scholars and would like extended hours should make a request to the Head Librarian.
  • Appointees’ guests are not permitted in the library outside of public hours.
  • Former appointees must request a keycard from the Security staff in order to use the library outside of public hours.