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On-site consultation, loan and admissions

The Library of the Scuola Normale Superiore is open, only by reservation, both to the entire School community and to the non institutional users with a valid access card.

For users without a card or with an expired card, but who are in possession of the necessary requirements to obtain it, the Servizio ammissioni is active in the online mode only.

Access rights to our services continue to be based on the provisions of the Disciplinare governing the activities of our Library.

Admissions Service

Applications for admission must be sent by e-mail to the address, attaching the appropriate form duly completed and, if required by the Library’s Disciplinare, sending to the Servizio Ammissioni a surety message from a university professor.

On-site consultation

Access to the Library is possible only by reservation.

Starting from Monday, January 10, 2022, users can access the Library for on-site consultation only after verification of the reinforced green pass  through the app VerificaC19.

 Opening hours are as follows:

  • Orologio/Carovana: from Monday to Friday 9 am-7.30 pm; Saturday: 9 am-7.00 pm
  • Capitano: from Monday to Friday 9am-7.30pm; Saturday: 9 am-7.00 pm
  • Strozzi: from Monday to Friday 9 am-2.30 pm.

Variations from this calendar are made available in the News section of the site.

Consultation of books from the Canonica site takes place at the Orologio/Carovana site, through a distribution service by the Library’s staff.

Unfortunately, we are forced to introduce some restrictions for safety reasons:

  • access for consultation is only by reservation, to be made through the platform available at (use your SNS email address and your SNS password, or the credentials that are sent by the Servizio Ammissioni); each reservation can be made for intervals ranging from 30 minutes to 4 hours. It is possible to make three bookings during the same day. It is recommended to reserve the presence in the Library for the time strictly necessary, so as to allow access to as many people as possible;
  • for those who do not need access to the Library for on-site consultation, the loan is active by reservation. Also in this case, your reservation can be placed here:;
  • the following places are available for on-site consultation:
    • 62 places at the Orologio/Carovana site (Orologio: 35 users; Carovana: 27 users). 15 of these places are reserved for non-institutional users;
    • 42 places at the Capitano site. 9 of these places are reserved for non-institutional users;
    • 12 places at the Palazzo Strozzi site;
  • in each site in Pisa, reading places are available only in a limited number of rooms:
    • Capitano site: Sala di lettura and Sala di Storia dell’Arte (ground floor); Sala di Letteratura (second floor); Sala Ciampi and rooms 1-4 Linguistica (third floor);
    • Orologio site: Sala di consultazione (ground floor);  Sala Fondo Branca (first floor right side); Sala di Archeologia (third floor); Sale di Antichistica (fourth floor); users are required, as far as possible, to use the reading places available on the fourth floor to consult the material of Classical Philology, Ancient History and Archaeology Collection;
    • Carovana site: Sala della Colonna and room 16 (ground floor); Sala periodici (first floor);
  • non-institutional users can access the Library’s premises only to consult the material owned by the Library itself. The introduction of user-owned books is not permitted;
  • in case of orange, yellow or white zone, direct access to the shelf is possible only after having sanitized the hands; in case of red zone, the entire Library is on closed shelf.

The 1st floor, left side, of the Orologio site remains closed to users. Therefore it is still necessary to book the books hosted in this part of the Library through our catalogue SEARCH. The distribution is by the staff;

  • in case of red zone, users cannot collect themselves books from the shelves, but must avail themselves of the distribution service organised by the Library. Users need to reserve in advance the books they want to consult through SEARCH, the Library catalogue. Reservations can be placed both before getting to the Library and once inside the Library;
  • while users are accessing the Library, reservations are checked by the Library’s staff. All users must undergo the measurement of body temperature before accessing. Access is not allowed if the temperature exceeds 37.5°C;
  • users who need to use lockers receive a bag where they can put all their belongings before using the lockers;
  • users access the Library only if equipped with a surgical mask and after having sanitized their hands; the mask must be worn for the entire period of stay in the Library; the hands must be sanitized periodically, and in any case every time users want to pick up the volumes from the shelf;
  • tables can be occupied only with a chessboard distribution, in order to observe the social distance of at least 1 meter. Reading places are identified by specific signals;
  • users are required to sanitize their reading station before use with the aids made available by the Library;
  • once the consultation is over:
    • please, leave the volumes you used on the appropriate carts;
    • volumes in depositories must be returned to the circulation desk
    • in case of red zone: for those volumes you want to consult during a second visit, please return them temporarily to the appropriate circulation desk;
  • any reports concerning problems, malfunctions, etc. can be addressed to

Loan and return service

The loan and return service is open to all users who are entitled to it according to the Disciplinare of the Library.

For the loan/ return without access to the rooms of the Library it is required the basic green pass; verification is done through the app VerificaC19.

The service is active at the following times:

  • at the Orologio/Carovana and Capitano sites in Pisa from 9am to 7.15pm, from Monday to Friday;
    Saturday from 9am to 6.45pm,  
  • at the Strozzi site in Florence from 9am to 2.15pm, from Monday to Friday.

Variations from this calendar are made available in the News section of the site.

The material of the Canonica site will be managed at the Orologio/Carovana site.

Regarding borrowing:

  • in case of orange, yellow or white zone, loan requests can be made from home through SEARCH, the Library catalog, after authentication with your credentials, starting from the copy you wish to borrow, or during the stay for on-site consultation, taking the volumes from the shelf and going to the circulation desk for the loan;
  • in case of red zone users, both from home or from the Library’s premises, can reserve the books they need by browsing SEARCH, the Library catalogue, upon authentication with their credentials, starting from the record relating to the document they wish to reserve;
  • the user who has made a reservation must wait for an automatic message sent by the Library, which notifies the availability of the volume; 
  • if the reservation is made from home, the user must make an appointment via the platform Punctuality is essential;
  • users may enter the Library one at a time, wearing a disposable mask (users not wearing a mask will not be permitted to enter the Library), and respecting the minimum safety distance. Admission to the Library is not permitted without an appointment.

The return of the volumes can take place during the on-site consultation or by reserving a specific appointment through the platform as follows:

  • access to the Library is as described above
  • returned material must be placed by the user himself in a special container dedicated to the service, without being handled by the Library staff.

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