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Philosophy Branch Library

Address & Contacts

Via Bolognese, 52 ("Il Pellegrino") - 50139 Firenze · Map
Tel. 055.2756002/25 - Fax 055.2756035 - E-mail:

Opening Hours

9am to 7pm (loan closed)9am to 7pm (loan 9am to 1pm)9am to 7pm (loan 9am to 1pm)9am to 7pm (loan 9am to 1pm)9am to 7pm (loan closed)closed

(scorri a destra)


The library is located on the first floor of an ancient building called "Il Pellegrino" (the Pilgrim), named after a hostel for travellers founded by the SS. Annunziata Church Company. Over time the building served also as Oratory of S. Filippo Neri, traces are still visible in the premises.

Books are kept on open shelves. Most of the items on philosophy are held in the main branch in piazza Brunelleschi and they are located in the namesake thematic reading room on the ground floor and in the bookstacks. 

The collection highlight is Fondo della Biblioteca Filosofica (in italian), a sizeable collection of 9,800 volumes, rich in rare editions from 16th and 17th centuries, whose topics range from philosophy to religion. This collection followed the establishment of the Philosophic Society at the beginning of the 1900s upon the initiative of a group of illustrious scholars. After the Society's suppression in 1942, the material was donated to the Humanities Library where it is considered one of its most precious historic collections. 

Reading and Loans

Books located in the reading room are freely accessible. Course set books and out of print items are not available for loan. Books from the bioetica collection can be borrowed for up to 10 days not renewable.
The reading room is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 7 pm. Loan service is available from Tuesday to Thrusday 9 am to 1 pm.

Reading room

40 seats, 3 of which with PC. Wireless network access throughout the library.

last update: 13-Feb-2018
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