There are approximately three-and-a-half million books and a large number of periodicals available in five libraries covering the main disciplinary areas, with around 60 annexed reading rooms.
The university library system also offers online catalogues and many other resources in digital format (journals, articles, books). Students and all users are offered courses for guidance in the use of the library and its search tools.
Direct access to databases and full-text electronic periodicals is guaranteed for registered users even outside of the university premises, including the University Campus of Prato.
The digital publishing service is provided by Firenze University Press - FUP.
Sistema Bibliotecario di Ateneo - SBA, is the university library system's website.
The University Museum System exhibits and promotes the scientific, historical-scientific and historycal-artistic collections of the University of Florence. Included in the Museum System are the Museum of Natural History, the Villa La Quiete complex and Villa Galileo in Arcetri.
With its ten million specimens and more than four centuries of history, the Museum of Natural History is the most important naturalistic museum in Italy and one of the largest internationally. It is divided into the locations of La Specola', La Pira, Palazzo Nonfinito.
The complex of Villa La Quiete preserves the historical and artistic heritage linked to the events of the Montalve, who have lived and looked after the villa for over three centuries.Now owned by the Region of Tuscany, the Villa is given in concession to the Museum System (owner of the historical assets left there) for the development of a visiting itinerary in the context of a larger project to enhance the complex.
Part of an estate called "il Gioiello", Villa Galileo belongs to the State Property, in concession to the University of Florence, which, through the University Museum System, takes care of its maintenance and promotion.