The library encompasses a focused quality collection to support both the instructional program and independent cultural learning of the students, faculty, and staff.
The library staff provides reference and research assistance in support of the instructional program. They refer patrons, as necessary to appropriate alternative resources and provide technical assistance and training. A main priority of the library is to create a comfortable and supportive environment that enhances learning at the Florence Study Center. The librarian provides leadership in the development of learning resources and information management using current technology.
The library collection has been developed to address the information needs of the faculty and students at the Florence Study Center. The general collection consists of approximately 7,000 volumes and focuses primarily on Italian art, Literature, politics, history, and culture. The non-circulating reference collection consists of general reference materials as well as specialized volumes that support the Florence Study Center curriculum. While the majority of the collection is published in the English language, many books and reference materials are available in Italian. Access to catalogued material is provided through the card catalog, using the Library of Congress Classification System. Non catalogued library materials include a small periodical collection, travel books, popular fiction, a small DVD collection, and textbooks.
The computer lab consists of Windows compatible, networked computers that can be used for both word processing and to access the Internet. All computers run on Microsoft Windows SP operating system and are equipped with Microsoft Office. All computers are networked to high-speed printers. Print services are provided at no charge to the Florence Study Center students.
The lounge area includes couches and tables for relaxing, eating, studying and socializing for students. It also includes a refrigerator and microwave for student use.