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Libraries and Archives

Municipal Libraries

Main websites
Libraries in the City of Florence
Biblioteca delle Oblate

Online catalogues
  • SDIAF Catalogue of municipal libraries and connected institutions in the Florence area (Sistema documentario integrato area fiorentina)
  • BISCO (Biblioteche scolastiche) Catalogue of scholastic libraries in Florence
  • LIBRO PARLATO (Audio Books) Managed by the Unione Italiana Ciechi (the Italian Union for the Visually Impaired)
Other Institutes
Other databases
CaStoRe (Catasto storico regionale, archives of the regional land registry office)

Historical Archives

The Historical Archives of the City of Florence hold the documents produced and received by the local government established in 1781 with the Edict of Pietro Leopoldo, Grand Duke of Tuscany.
Containing the archives of hospitals, schools, charities and theaters, it is an invaluable asset, a historical memory of the city of Florence and its citizens from the eighteenth to the twentieth century.

It is possible to consult the original documents stored in the archives. Access to the consultation room is free, after registration and in compliance with the rules of the archives. Registration can be carried out by filling in this form or by contacting the Archives by phone or by mail.
The Historical Archives in Florence are located at:

Palazzo Bastogi
via dell'Oriuolo, 33-35
50122 Firenze
Opening hours: Monday and Friday from 9 am – 3.30 pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9 am – 6 pm


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