The Library entrance leads into the Main Reading Room on the ground floor (see map). It has 140 study places and is open to the public.
Institutional Users can access 24/7, without any restrictions.
External users must respect the opening hours and be equipped with a badge issued on arrival by the Reception.
All Users must enter the Library without bags or backpacks which can be left in the cloakroom provided near the Library entrance. They must respect the Library rules and know the relevant emergency procedures.
The Information Point provides, during opening hours, staffed helpdesk for:
- consulting books and periodicals
- consulting technical standards
- user registration and internet access
- borrowing books
- photocopying and printing
- requesting a study room
- use of a private locker
The Library collection on paper consists of 2,000 journals and more than 6,000 science books, accessible and open to all users.
Location of books and journals can be found from the books and serials catalogues, respectively.
The journals are ordered by subject, according to the Dewey classification, and those available in the Main Reading room can be found on the relevant locations map.
From the Ground Floor PCs all registered users can consult all Library digital collections.
Digital collections can be searched using the catalogue (see here for detailed instructions).
For other assistance in finding and consulting Library resources contact the Information point.
User registration and internet access
Click here to see how to connect to Wifi network
Photocopies and prints
Library documents can be photocopied according to Italian copyright law.
Institutional users can photocopy documents using the photocopier access code provided by their Institute; external users should contact the Information Point.
It is also possible to print documents from the computer room.
Both photocopy and printing services are charged for external users (see costs).
The Library offers, for individual use or for small groups, study rooms equipped with internet access.
The library joined the bookcrossing movement to promote the free circulation of books among all those with a passion for reading.
The Official Crossing Zone is located in the Main Entrance of the Research Area where books of various kinds are available (mainly fiction and non-fiction). Books can be borrowed and then returned or left in other book-crossing points. Each book is associated with a code which allows its path to be traced. See here the list of books offered by the Library.
Anyone wishing to participate by donating books can give them to Library staff.
Request for exclusive use of the Main Reading Room
The Main Reading Room of the Library may occasionally be used for cultural events and other important initiatives by the Research Area. Such requests must be submitted to the Head of the Library well in advance of the proposed date and approved by the Research Area Board of Directors. On these occasions Library services will be limited.
This space may also be utilised for commercial purposes. Some examples of events hosted can be seen here.