Berenson Library

The Berenson Library plays a vital role in I Tatti’s mission to advance scholarship in Italian Renaissance studies. Its rich collections of books and periodicals, photographs and digital images, manuscripts and recordings offer comprehensive interdisciplinary resources for the study of late medieval and early modern Italy, the library's central focus. As one of the over seventy libraries that make up the Harvard Library system, the Biblioteca Berenson also provides access to a vast range of online journals and other electronic resources. An invaluable point of reference for I Tatti's scholarly community, the library welcomes other Harvard affiliates, local researchers, and visiting scholars from around the world.

 I Tatti is pleased to announce that the Biblioteca Berenson will re-open on July 1, 2021, on a by-reservation basis. For more information, click here.



Explore Our Collections

The library's collections are tailored to I Tatti's multi-disciplinary mission.

Harvard Catalogs and Other Research Tools

Online information sources and access to the vast resources available through Harvard Library.

Request Access

Review our admittance policy and apply for access to the Berenson Library and its resources. 

Using the Collections

Practical information about library policies, consultation of materials, use of special collections, and more.

Some Historical Notes

The library has its origins in the impressive private collection assembled by Bernard and Mary Berenson.