The Collodian Library of the Collodi Foundation is the most extensive cataloged collection of documents (over 6000 books alone) related to the life and work of Carlo Collodi. Managed with great care and commitment for more than 60 years, the library has also benefited from donations of Collodian books and materials from publishers and individuals.
The library contains Italian and foreign editions of Carlo Lorenzini’s works in addition to newspapers and magazines, where the writer managed or worked, and critical essays dedicated to him and the historical, social, and cultural contexts of 19th-century Italy. Other sections are devoted to the protagonists of children's literature—like Pinocchio, they now represent a shared, cross-sectional heritage—and to non-fiction works on children's literature.
The Collodian Library has been digitally cataloged since 1992. Between 2001 and 2014, it made its catalog available on its website, http://www.bibliotecacollodiana.it, thanks to the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities’ support. The Spogli section of the catalog includes scans of 4,800 newspaper articles published between 1951 and the 1990s on Carlo Collodi, Pinocchio, Pinocchio Park, and the Collodi Foundation.
Since 2011, all visitors can consult the Pinocchio Virtual Library in the Pinocchio Park Museum. Interactive touch-screen tables enable viewing the text and images of numerous Italian and foreign editions of Pinocchio.
Since 2014, the Collodian Library has contributed its catalog to become part of the SBN Center at the University of Pisa’s Library