With over 13,000 books and 500 DVDs covering the full range of disciplines offered at the Florence center and beyond, the Syracuse Florence Library has one of the largest collections of English-language books and DVDs of any study abroad program in Italy.
Two large, three medium-sized, and two small reading rooms are located on the ground and basement levels of the library. The rooms have a total capacity of 60 study spaces equipped with outlets for charging mobile devices. Desktop computers and printers are located in the Computer Lab (Villa Rossa). Users are encouraged to familiarize themselves with Library and Computer Lab Hours as well as Library Policies and Procedures early in the semester.
The Library Catalog can be accessed from any device with Internet service or via the dedicated PC on the ground floor of the library. Books are classified using the Library of Congress Classification (LOC) system and, unless kept on course reserve in the Library Office (identified by “RES” preceding the call number), are retrievable by library users in the following locations:
N – Visual Arts (Sala Artemisia, ground floor)
NA-NX – Architecture, Sculpture, Drawing, Painting, Arts in general (Sala Brunelleschi, ground floor)
A-D – Religion, Ancient Civilization, Archeology, History (Sala Virgilio, lower level)
E-M – Anthropology, Social Sciences, Political Science, Law, Education, Music (Sala Machiavelli, lower level)
P-Z – Literature, Science, Medicine, Agriculture, Technology (Sala Dante, lower level)
Any book leaving the library must be checked out at the Circulation Desk.
Textbooks and Course Reserves
A copy of every required textbook and most recommended texts is kept on course reserve in the Library Office for 2-hour consultations. Extra copies of some textbooks may be available for semester-long circulation. You may want to check with the Library Coordinator about the availability of extra copies before buying course texts.
Unless extra library copies are available for semester loan, students should purchase their non-language textbooks at the Paperback Exchange bookshop and their Italian-language textbooks at La Feltrinelli bookshop, as the availability of course reserves is limited and cannot be guaranteed when needed.
More about textbooks and coursepacks.
For online research, all Syracuse Florence students, regardless of home institution, have 24/7 access to scholarly databases and journals through SU Libraries using their NetID and associated password.
In addition, to assist students and faculty in their research, a comprehensive set of Research Guides, organized by discipline, have been created to provide suggested resources as a useful starting point for any kind of scholarly research.
Computers and printers
Fifteen networked computers (PCs) and two printers are available in the computer lab of the Villa Rossa (basement level), while Wifi hotspots are available throughout the campus for mobile devices. Students can print from desktop computers in the computer lab or wirelessly from mobile devices to printers in the library, computer lab, and architecture building. Set up your device for wireless printing by following these instructions:
For assistance setting up your device, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the ITS office in rm. 20 of Villa Rossa.
Over 60 lockers are available on the ground and basement levels of the library for storing books, laptops, and backpacks. Lockers are signed out at the circulation desk on a first-come, first-served basis with a fully refundable 10-euro deposit.
For more information about the library, or for user assistance, please contact Sylvia Hetzel, library coordinator.