Books & eBooks

How to search for Books and eBooks

To search for an eBook, access the catalogue, which contains all the online collections to which the Library subscribes. eBooks can also be found by searching the sites of individual publishers. Download of individual chapters is allowed, whereas the download of an entire book is usually not allowed - check with us for the conditions defined in the license agreements.
Individual chapters can be accessed using Google Scholar or Google ebooks.

To search for a book, access the book catalogue, which contains documents owned by the Library and by the local CNR/INAF Institutes IRA, IASF, ISOF and ISAC, selecting the appropriate library from the drop-down menu (Option: Other libraries --> B. Cnr-Inaf Bologna).
For the latest arrivals, select "Other libraries --> B. Cnr-Inaf Bologna" and then “New Arrivals”.

An app for mobile devices for searching the catalogue is available.

If the book is owned by the Library it can be consulted directly from its shelf location ( see how to locate a book on the shelves) or by enquiring at the Information Point for a possible loan request.
Books owned by local Institutes ISMAR, IBIMET and IMM are not present in the Library book catalogue but can be obtained from the institute representative.

How to search for a book not owned by the Library

If the book you are looking for is not found in the Library collections you can:

  • verify, using the SBN-UBO catalogue, whether another library in the Bologna area owns it, and then ask them for a loan - or check with us for their conditions. All Emilia-Romagna residents can request a loan from any library in the SBN-UBO catalogue, which include university, research and public libraries.
  • apply, through the Library Information Point, for interlibrary loan of a book or for document delivery (for obtaining a copy of single chapters).

In the latter case the following national library catalogues should be consulted to obtain precise bibliographic data for the desired document.

Catalogo Nazionale SBN (Italian National Library Service)
Documents owned by over 5000 libraries belonging to the SBN system.

CNR General catalogue
Documents owned by all CNR libraries. The CNR central library “G.Marconi” is a legal deposit library for all Italian scientific and technical documents.

KVK international catalogue
Worldcat international catalogue
Library of Congress catalogue

Open eBooks

Open-access documents and digitized versions of books in the public domain can be obtained freely through many portals, including:

eJournals & eBooks Catalog
Books Catalog
NILDE Document Delivery
Publishers & Databases list
Open Access Button
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