Orologio-Carovana site

Also known as Palazzo della Gherardesca, the building was constructed in the XVII century on the remains of the Torre della fame, featured in the work of Dante. Acquired by the Normale in 1968 and renovated in the 1970s, it has been a site of the Library since 1982. An underground tunnel connects this palazzo to Palazzo della Carovana, which houses several collections of the Library in some of the ground floor and first floor rooms.

Opening times


from Monday to Friday9.00 - 23.00
Saturday9.00 - 19.00


All the opening hours of the Library and the timetable variations planned for the current year, for example in the summer and public holidays, are listed at the page Opening hours and variations.

Changes in hours and closures not foreseen, for example for union assembly or strike, will be posted in the News and Events section of the home page.





Collections by subject

Classics on the 3rd, 4th and 5th floors of Palazzo dell'Orologio

Library science on the first floor of Palazzo dell'Orologio

Generalities (reference works) on the ground floor of Palazzo dell'Orologio

History on the ground floor of Palazzo della Carovana


Humanities periodical collection

The ground floor and the first floor of the Palazzo della Carovana, accessible by the entrance to Palazzo dell'Orologio, house the Humanities periodicals.
The periodicals are arranged on open shelves, and are arranged in alphabetical order by title.
The latest editions of a selection of current titles are located in the central display cabinet of the room on the first floor.


Authors' collections kept together on open shelves

(except Rare and Ancient books)




On-site consultation

Loan, renewal and return

On-site reproductions (photocopies, scans and prints)





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