Located on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, in the context of the ancient Benedictine monastery, the librarian reality of the Giorgio Cini Foundation is composed of thematic nuclei concerning the history of art, the history of Venice, theater, music and orientalism .
The spaces dedicated to the use of the book heritage are two: the seventeenth-century library designed by Baldassare Longhena and the Nuova Manica Lunga, built in the spaces of the former dormitory of the monastery, the work of Giovanni Buora, redesigned by the architect Michele De Lucchi and open to public since January 2010.
The library is open to the public every day except weekends and its documentary heritage amounts to about 300,000 volumes and more than 2,000 periodicals, of which about 400 are current. Over 1,000 linear meters of monographs and periodicals are on open shelves and with free access by scholars who can contact qualified personnel for bibliographic information and advanced references. By participating in the National Library Service (SBN), it is possible to carry out searches in the electronic catalog of the Polo di Venezia to which the library belongs. Of particular importance is the ancient collection, with more than 3,000 volumes between incunabula and sixteenth century.
In the library of the Cini Foundation there are, among others, periodic free consultation services in digital format through the Jstor database, basic and advanced references, document delivery, paid reproductions, as well as a free wi-fi connection.
In continuity with the places of the library, there is a very rich photo library with almost a million photographs being digitized, some of which are already available in the online catalog.
Furthermore, since 2010 scholars who request it have been offered, upon presentation of a research project, the opportunity to stay at the residence of the Vittore Branca International Center for the Studies of Italian Civilization.