The library supports the teaching and research activities of the IMT School through the updating, conservation, and use of the bibliographic heritage and the development of services suited to the needs of an international scientific community.
The IMT library is also open to the external public to whom it offers spaces, bibliographic resources and many services.
The bibliographic heritage, inherent to the research areas of the School, consists of approximately 7,000 paper monographs, more than 220,000 e-books, approximately 6,500 journals in electronic format, 140 printed journals (of which 7 are current), and 250 doctoral theses.
The Library makes catalogs and search tools available to users to facilitate access to bibliographic material.
The IMT library was completed in 2006 and is located inside the ancient Church of San Ponziano.
The church was formerly dedicated to Saint Bartholomew and was part of a complex founded in the 9th century by the Benedectine monks and later passed on to the Olivetan monks during the 14th century.
At the beginning of 1474, the church preserved the relics of Saint Ponziano (Holy Martyr from the late 2nd century), to whom the church was dedicated and whose name is still bears today.
The building was restored during the 16th and 17th centuries following a collapse of part of the structure, losing its original medieval appearance, of which, however, some details can still be admired today, such as the 12th century fresco of San Martino and the apse walls of the first church dating back to the 9th century.
The fresco on the apsidal vault, entitled "The glory of the Blessed Tolomei" (1740-1760) is the work of Gian Domenico Ferretti.
The church also houses two paintings from the church of San Romani in Lucca and many inscriptions which can be admired along the walls of the building.
The striking structure that rises up the central nave, designed by architect Stefano Dini, houses the compact shelving used for the library's collection, offices for researchers and an open space with study stations.
The design project won the Jury Prize at the European Aluminum Awards in 2007.
For additional information:
Giovanni Macchia - San Ponziano in Lucca il monastero, l'istituto, la Fondazione (Lucca, Maria Pacini Fazzi editore, 2010)
Silvia Rossi - L'Istituto di San Ponziano in Lucca: un esempio di educandato femminile ottocentesco (Lucca, Maria Pacini Fazzi, 2004)
Giulio Ciampoltrini - In Silice: lo scavo della chiesa di San Ponziano in Lucca (Lucca, Fondazione cassa di risparmio di Lucca, 2006 - Quaderni della Fondazione 1)