The collection was established in 1936 together with the Degree Programme in Architecture. Now it is the most comprehensive collection specialised in Architecture in the whole Tuscany. The library has, over time, enriched its collection with works on history and critique of architecture, urban studies, building technology, interior design, industrial design, fashion and contemporary art.
There is a wide range of Italian and foreign journals about architecture and the decorative arts as well as various archives (in italian) of the XX century that represent a valuable source for the study of those topics.
The graduation theses (in italian) of the School are also held in the Library.
The book collections of the following former departments have been incorporated in the library's main collection: History of Architecture and of the Town (section A3RECUP); Restoration and Conservation of Architectural Heritage (section A3RESTA and ARRESTA); Architectural Planning; TAeD; Construction and Town Studies.
The collection is made up of:
- books: about 100,000 volumes, including modern, antique and valuable books
- journals: over 1000 titles, of which 400 with a standing subscription
- VHS, DVDs e CD-ROMs: over 3500
- graduation theses (since 1965)
- archival material (15 archives)
- book collections from former departments: about 55,000 volumes
The Reading Rooms
Books are freely accessible on open shelves.
- The loan rooms count roughly 21,000 specialised books (architecture, design, fashion, urban studies...) as well as all the courses' set books.
- The reference room includes encyclopedias, dictionaries, indices, atlases, guides and treatises. This material is for reference only.
- The course room includes reference only copies of the courses' set books.
The latest 10 years of the most popular journals are on open shelves. (About 150 titles)
Audio-visual material must be requested to the library staff.
All materials held in the closed stacks (Pozzo librario, Periodici Pozzo, Rari, Fuori formato, Tesi, Fondo ex-Progettazione) should be requested at the loan desk by filling in the dedicated form.
Books and journals published after 1945 can be picked up anytime during the day starting from:
- 9.30 am for all requests handed in before 9 am or on the previous afternoon
- 11.30 am for all requests handed in before 11 am
- 1.30 pm for all requests handed in before 1 pm
- 3.30 pm for all requests handed in before 3 pm
- 5.30 pm for all requests handed in before 5 pm
There is a limit of maximum 6 request forms for up to 12 volumes.
Journals and books that are not taken out on loan must be returned before the library's closing time.
Theses, rare books and pre-1945 journals can be picked up from the Biblio in-forma service by 13.00, starting from:
- 9.30 am for all requests handed in before 9 am or on the previous afternoon;
- 11.30 am for all requests handed in before 11 am.
There is a maximum 3 theses and 3 items among rare books and pre-1945 journals that can be requested in a day.
On wednesdays and thursdays, reading is available from 9.30 to 13.30 at the Sala Archivi e Fondo Storico on the second floor.
The library's archival collections can be consulted by Italian and foreign researchers and scholars on Wednesdays and on Thursdays from 9.30 am to 1.30 pm: ask for an appointment (in italian). To arrange different times or days, please contact the librarian Gianna Frosali: gianna.frosaliunifi.it. The service is suspended during August.
To be able to access the archives users should provide valid motivation and the scope of their research.
Graduating students need a presentation letter from their lecturer.
It is customary that a copy of the work resulting from the material being consulted should be given to the library for their records. (Essays, articles, reproductions, publications, etc.)
For descriptive records of the collections of Architecture, please visit Chartae, the portal of all archives held at the Library.
Former departments' book collections
To read and borrow books from these collections that have been incorporated into the Architecture Library it is necessary to place a reservation through OneSearch. Journals can be requested by sending an email to: email@example.com. Copies of journal articles can be requested via My account. The material will be available from the Wednesday afternoon following the request at the Architecture Library. Reference books, journals, rare and valuable books are not for loan.
In order to borrow users must have a student card or a valid ID. The table below summarises the different borrowing rights according to status.
||Loan Rooms and Bookstacks||CDs and DVDs
6 books for 1 month, renewable
Tot of 3 CDs or DVDs for 1 week,
|PhD Students, Teaching Staff, Tech/Admin Staff
8 books for 1 month, renewable
Tot of 3 CDs or DVDs for 1 week,
There is a maximum of 6 books with up to 12 volumes per user.
Loans can be renewed twice by phone or online via OneSearch. It is also possible to place a hold on books already on loan to other users.
Rare and valuable items, journals, graduation theses, Didattica and Reference call numbers are for reading only.
Borrowed items must be returned by the due date. Late returns will incur in suspension from borrowing for a number of days equal to the days the loan was outstanding. The suspension is automatically calculated by the system.
Borrowing service closes at 6.45 pm.
For more information please consult the Library's Regulations (in italian).
Plan of the library (click to enlarge)
Biblio in forma: reference service
Monday to Friday 9.30 am - 1.30pm
From 2 to 4 pm for graduating students and by appointment only
Phone +39 055 2756402+39 055 2756402 ; Info: Ask a librarian