Collections and services

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Leoncini donation: monographs


The monographs belonging to Leone Leoncini's personal library have been catalogued.

Archive of the Institute and Museum of the history of science


The documents created during the direction of Andrea Corsini (1927-1961) have been described.

Restored ancient books


Thanks to a cultural donation ("Art bonus") two 18th century scientific works have been restored.

Portal Archives of science


The Museo Galileo library maintains the section "Bibliographic resources"

Books on ancient clocks


Publications related to ancient clocks and dating back since the early 20th century, have been received as donation.

New acquisitions related to Leonardo da Vinci


Books of interest to Leonardo scholars, that have been published since the late 19th century, have been acquired.

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Library mission and activities

Research library specialized in the history of science and technology, the Library of the Museo Galileo aims to support historical studies on the various scientific disciplines, on technology and medicine from the ancient world up to the first half of the twentieth century.


The library houses about 170,000 works concerning the history of science. The antique book collection, consisting of nearly 5,000 works, is supplemented by several 19th-20th century collections as well as a contemporary collection which has an annual growth of hundreds of new acquisitions.

Opening and distribution

Monday-Friday 9.30-16.30

Saturday 9.30-13.00


Library services

Loan - Book reservation - Reproduction - Reproduction of not owned materials