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Libraries Housing Mathematical Treasures
The Laurentian Library
Florence, Italy
The main door of the Biblioteca Mediceo-Laurenziana
in the
Canons' Cloister of the San Lorenzo Church.

This library  was founded by Lorenzo de' Medici during the height of Florence and the Medici family's great contributions to the Renaissance.   The books were originally chained to desks in a room up a staircase just to the left.  The staircase was designed by none other than Michelangelo.  Many of the books still have their chains, but were moved to this larger facility on the Cloisters.  Today a scholar has the vicarious pleasure of reading a book with chains while entering notes on a laptop computer. 

The mathematics collection is especially strong in Arabic manuscripts dating to the Middle Ages and represents the influence in trade and banking of Florence in that period of history.