Uffizi Library Restored & Reopened


The Uffizi’s Magliabechiana Library

After a 20-month restoration and a €250,000 investment the Uffizi library reopened on December 27.

The library is also known as the “Magliabechiana” library. It was named after Antonio Magliabechi who was the first librarian to oversee the library. When he passed away, he donated roughly 30,000 books and thanks to this Florence had its first public library. On  December 16, 1998 the Uffizi Library was officially established in the Magliabechiano hall.

Since last February many rooms of the library have undergone a structural restoration. These restorations were necessary to fix problems such as the roof’s deterioration. 

In addition, more modern and efficient technical equipment has been introduced into the library for staff and visitors. The lighting system has also been replaced with modern energy saving LEDs. They are strategically placed throughout rooms on boxes, shelves, and tables. 

The final result of the restoration stays true to the historical and architectural elegance of the space.

The Magliabechiana Library is open to scholars free of charge on Tuesdays from 9 am to 5 pm, and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 am to 1 pm. (Michela Tambasco)