Services for users with disabilities

The libraries provide a number of services to facilitate the use of library resources for users with disabilities.

Home-delivered library loans

Students with physical disabilities can borrow books directly from home without coming to the library.

How it works:

  • Use OneSearch to locate the library that holds the materials you need
  • If the books are available for loan, you can call the library directly to arrange the loan
  • In every library there are staff to assist in searching and placing a hold on the books needed
  • The materials will be delivered  by courier to the address indicated by the student
  • At the end of the loan term the student will call the library either to renew the loan or to arrange for pick up of the borrowed items

Who can use it

All users with a long-term or temporary physical disability, can use the service. Those who have not already submitted to the University their disability certificate can use this self-declaration form and send it to the library of choice.

The service is offered free of charge.

Loan by proxy

It is possible to borrow books by delegating another person. The delegated person needs to have with them: 

  • a written proxy;
  • a photocopy of the student's ID or academic record booklet (libretto universitario);
  • their own ID.

Tools available for blind, vision-impaired and dyslexic students

All tools listed below can be used free of charge by the students during the opening hours of the libraries.

Library Tools Contact persons
Largo Brambilla 3 - Firenze

1 NVDA position
1 Leggilibro (read-aloud book reader)

2 Videoenlargers
1 Portable Videoenlarger

Vincenzo Natile

Science Campus
Via G. Bernardini 6 - Sesto Fiorentino (FI)

1 Jaws position

1 Leggilibro (read-aloud book reader)

1 Videoenlargers

1 Scanner A3

Lisa Lazzeri
Social Sciences
Via delle Pandette, 2 - Firenze
(Novoli Social Sciences Campus)

1 NVDA position

1 Videoenlarger
1 Portable Videoenlarger

3 Big Keyboard

Chiara Oliveti
Via Laura 48 - Firenze
Dedicated room with various instrumentation Carla Milloschi
Prato Campus
Piazza Ciardi 25 - Prato
1 Leggilibro (read-aloud book reader) Simone Berti
(tel. 0574 602516)

"Regina Margherita" library for the Blind

As of November 2015 a new agreement has been signed with Biblioteca Italiana per i Ciechi "Regina Margherita" (Italian Library for the Blind) to provide books in digital format to students with impaired vision enrolled at the University of Florence and to access the text adaptation services offered by the  "Regina Margherita" library.  For more information, please write to: cb(AT)



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