Animal Biology branch Library

Via Romana, 17 - 50125 Firenze · Map Tel. + 39 055 2755169 - Fax +39 055 2756321 E-mail:

By bus: 11, 36, 37, C3, D
By train: From Firenze SMN train station, on foot direction Porta Romana (about 15 minutes)

The library is CLOSED in preparation for the move to the Sciences Campus in Sesto Fiorentino. Loans and ILL-DD services are still available, however, but will be closed from December 27 to January 1.
To borrow a book: send an email to with object "Prestito BA / student number".
To return a book: deposit the books at the janitor's desk (Portineria) on the ground floor.


The library was founded in 1977 and is situated in the historical building Palazzo della Specola, that houses also the Zoology section of the Museum of Natural History. The collections have been built according to these close connections.
The oldest part of the collection comprises not only scientific texts but also philosophical and literary ones coming from the Royal Museum of Natural History (1775) and from the Palatine Library.

The establishment of the Istituto di Studi Superiori Pratici e di Perfezionamento, in 1859, boosted zoology studies and research in Florence,  many lectureships were established and famous scholars were involved. Thanks to their activity and personal collections a substantial library heritage was formed.

The collection then grew to include texts on ethology and eco-ethology with a special regards towards the study of social insects. With the set up of the Genetics lectureship in the Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Natural Sciences the library increased its collections in areas such as genetics and microbiology. 

The journals collection is notable for the wide range of disciplines and timeframe coverage.

The library collection consists of:

  • 38,000 books
  • 2,518 journals of which about 320 standing subscriptions, some in e-format.
  • Photocopies and reproductions facilities are also available.

Special interest collections available online

Specific resources

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last update: 05-Oct-2017
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