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HOURS:Monday to Friday, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm ; 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
ACCESS:Presentation of a document of identification
READERS' SERVICES:Reference, on-site consultation (no loans), limited photocopying, microfilm/microfiche reader
The library participates in IRIS, an international consortium of research libraries located in Florence. The IRIS libraries share a fully integrated library system, which allows online access to a wide range of important sources for the study of the history of art and the humanities.
Link to IRIS, Firenze, Italy
All library holdings are available through the online IRIS catalogue. The cataloguing norms of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACRrev.) and the Library of Congress Subject Headings are observed. A separate catalogue is available for managing and retrieving art auction catalogues.
The library of the Institute possesses a rich and well-developed collection of scholarly texts on the history of art and civilization. Its main areas of specialization are the art of Italy and of the Low Countries, which were, moreover, the fields of interest of two of the founding-fathers of the Institute, prof. Godefridus Hoogewerff and the great art collector Frits Lugt (Fondation Custodia). Particular attention is paid to artistic relationships between Northern and Southern Europe. In addition, there is special emphasis on the sections devoted to the graphic arts, drawing, and iconology. Over the past years, there has been a substantial increase in publications of modern and contemporary art and architecture. To complement its library resources, the Institute provides access to its rich Photographic Archive and to such research tools as the Bibliografia dell'Arte Grafica and the DIAL (Decimal Index to the Art of the Low Countries).
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