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The Villa Pietra Library collection contains about 12,000 volumes and represents the combination of the diverse interests and tastes of two generations of the Acton family – the parents, Arthur and Hortense, late-romantic connoisseurs, and the children, Harold and William, authentic modernist aesthetes.

The book collection in the La Pietra Library is available via the NYU Libraries union catalog BobCat but also can be searched separately in the NYU Florence Mandarin Catalog. Requests for the consultation of books held in the La Pietra Library should be made via the research request form.