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Hours: Due to Covid-19 our library is currently operating on restrictions and mitigation measures. We are now accepting requests for in person visits. See Protocollo Covid-19 – NIKI(IT)

Access: presentation of a document of identification (no letter of presentation or appointment required)
Readers’ services: reference, on-site consultation (no loans), DIAL (Decimal Index to the Art of the Low Countries)


The library forms an integral part of our Institute. It possesses a rich and well-developed collection of scholarly texts on the history of art and civilization. Its main areas of specialization are centered on Italian art and art of the Low Countries. Particular attention is given to artistic relationships between Northern and Southern Europe. In addition, there is a special emphasis on the sections devoted to the graphic arts, drawing, and iconology. Notable collections in the areas of modern and contemporary art and architecture have also increased substantially. As a complement to library resources, the Institute provides access to its ample Photographic Archive, composed of several photographic collections of notable historical importance, and research tools such as the Bibliografia dell’Arte Grafica and the DIAL (Decimal Index to the Art of the Low Countries).


The library is composed of more than 50,000 titles which include: ca. 250 periodicals, of which 80 are currently received; 1,000 items on microfiche, CD-ROMs and videos; ca. 300 pre-19th century imprints, and over 5,000 art auction catalogs.
The library also possesses an archive of over 70,000 photographs.


How to reach us: https://niki-florence.org/en/about-the-institute/how-to-reach-us/

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All library holdings are available through the online, shared public access catalogue of the IRIS-consortium. The cataloguing norms of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACRrev.) and the Library of Congress Subject Headings are observed.

GO TO THE IRIS CATALOG http://www.iris-firenze.org