I Tatti has donated a significant number of duplicate volumes to libraries in great need of these resources. The Biblioteca Berenson itself has expanded and developed over the decades thanks to the generosity of many donors, beginning with Berenson in 1959 when he bequeathed his villa and private library to Harvard University. Since then, numerous Friends, former Fellows, and charitable foundations have understood the importance of collection development, and our library continues to grow by virtue of their ongoing generosity.
With the charitable spirit of our supporters very much in mind, I Tatti has taken the step of donating a significant number of duplicate volumes to libraries very much in need of these resources. Over the last few months, shipments have already been sent to libraries and university departments in countries including Hungary, Romania, Croatia, Serbia, and Ukraine, where many of these books have until now been unavailable. This initiative not only gives our duplicate volumes a new lease of life, but also has the advantage of allowing us to create shelf space at I Tatti for new acquisitions.
So far, over 500 volumes have been sent to the following institutions:
Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest, Hungary
New Europe College-Institute for Advanced Study, Bucharest, Romania
Institute of Art History. Centre Cvito Fiskovic, Split, Croatia
Facultatea de Arhitectura si Urbanism Timisoara, University of Timisoara, Romania
Department of History of Art , University of Belgrade, Serbia
Slovenian Institute of Musicology, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Eötvös Loránd University of Sciences, Budapest, Hungary
Kramatorsk Institute of Economics and Humanities, Department of History and Cultural Studies, Ukraine
Department of Art History, Zadar University, Croatia
Institute of International Relations and World History of Lobachevsky State University of Nizhny Novgorod, Russian Federation