The Library collects materials across all subject areas in Italian, including history, linguistics, philosophy, and critical theory. The Library maintains a strong collection in all divisions of Italian literature, from the medieval and renaissance period to the present. The Library collects few introductory language textbooks, but does collect Italian language dictionaries and other language reference material. The Italian collection is limited to materials published in Italy. Materials on Italian topics published outside Italy are listed with their respective provenance.
Most Italian Studies reference materials are kept in Doe Library's North Reading Room. The major part of the collection is located in the Gardner (Maain) Stacks, with special collections in The Bancroft Library.