The original collection came from the library of the American Consulate in Florence, donated by the governement of the US to the Faculty of Education in 1964. Its contents focus on American history, literature and society.
The collaction has grown to support the American Studies subjects taught at the School of Humanities and Education.
Highlights among the historic collections:
- Fondo Emigrazione (in italian): 470 books of the 1800s and 1900s on the Italian migration to the United States, 360 journals, 260 microfilms
- Fondo Lost Cause Press (in italian): donated by the American congressman Charles Farnsley between 1967 and 1969, consisting of 24,000 microcards reproducing works concerning history, travels and discoveries in the North American continent.
Some sections of the collection are on open shelves but the majority of the material is held in the bookstacks.
In collaboration with the SAGAS Department the library has made available to users a reading room open from Monday to Friday 9 am to 6 pm.
30 seats, 3 of which with a desktop PC. Wireless network access throughout the library.