The IRIS libraries
The IRIS project
The IRIS Consortium, founded in 1993, is an association of Florentine area art history and humanities libraries consisting today of six members. The founding members are: the Berenson Library (Villa I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies), the Library of the Dutch University Institute for Art History, the Library of the Uffizi (Gallerie degli Uffizi, Ex SSPSAE Firenze), and the Library of the Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell'Arte Roberto Longhi (1993-2015). The consortium has expanded with the arrival of the Library of the Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento (1997), the «Ugo Procacci» Library of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure (1999) and the Leonardiana Library at Vinci (2007).
The member institutes have joined together to create a union catalog (a shared bibliographic database) available in Internet to scholars all over the world. The IRIS catalog, by virtue of the highly specialized nature of these institute libraries, offers a resource unique in its richness, focussing on the Italian Renaissance, its art history (including material on the conservation and restoration of art objects), its history, literature, philosophy, political thought, science and music.
The IRIS Consortium is headquartered at the Istituto Nazionale di Studi sul Rinascimento, in the historic Palazzo Strozzi, Florence, Italy.