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Study Abroad- Florence, Italy

This Library Guide contains information on the Kent State Florence , Italy Campus and the study abroad programs available at this campus.

Libraries in Florence





Biblioteca Nazionale Centrale di Firenze (BCNF) .The National Central Library of Florence is the largest of the two central national libraries in Italy.It was founded in 1714 and is open to the public.







 Founded in 1917, the British Institute of Florence is the oldest British cultural institute in the world. The collection includes books in both English and Italian.







Bibliotheca della Oblate  (The Oblate Library) is a public library located in the heart of Florence, a few steps from the Piazza Duomo. Access and services are free. However membership is required and can be obtained by registering using a valid identity card. An excellent place to study with an amazing view from the terrace.


INSR (L'instituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento = The National Institute for Renaissance Studies) was founded in 1937 and is a member of the IRIS (The consortium of Florentine Area Art History and Humanities Libraries) which includes among others, Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies. The library contains books/ Journals in Italian as well as other languages primarily French and English. Students can use the library- with a referral from Dr. Fabrizio Ricciardelli, the director of the KSU Florence campus.

Museums in Florence


Galleria Degli Ufizzi (Ufizzi Gallery)                     

A World famous art museum located in central Florence, the Ufizzi Gallery features art from the Italian Renaissance by artists such as Michelangelo, da Vinci, Botticeli, Titian and others.                               


Galleria dell'Accademia (Academia Gallery

See Michelengelo's David and other 15th-16th century paintings by Paulo Ucello, Sandra Botticelli and others.


Basillica di Santa Croce (Basillica of the Holy Cross)

Also known as the Temple of Italian Glories ( Tempo dell'Italie Glorie), it is the largest Franciscan church in the world . It is also the burial place of some of the most famous Italians such as Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli.

More Museums in Florence.