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Covid-19: news and library services

Access to the building

The reading room is open to all users. Our new opening hours are:

MON-THU 9 AM-6.30 PM 

FRI-SAT 9 AM-1.30 PM

IMT users can access the building with their personal badge everyday from 7.30 AM to 00.50 AM.

Reading room


To use the reading room, external users are required to book a seat via Affluences.

  • Select our library and reserve a seat;
  • Enter your data and receive a confimation mail;
  • Once at the library, remember to scan the QRcode at the entrance in order to confirm your presence.

Please note that:

  • Seat reservation is mandatory for the reading room, but it is not necessary to consult reference materials, use library computers, or borrow books;

  • Reservation will be canceled in an hour, if the QRcode is not scanned.


IMT users do not need a reservation to use third floor desks. PhD shared offices need to be reserved (see section: “PhD Shared offices and third floor desks”).

Borrowing books

Book loan services are available to all users.

If they need a book from our collection, users can:

  • ask the staff at the library desk;
  • reserve it in advance, by sending us an email at or through our catalogue (if you do not have the username and password, please send us an email or ask the library staff).

Reservation is recommended.

To borrow books, users need to be registered. If you are not registered, you may fill out the form when you pick up your first loan. 

How to reserve a library item

During opening hours, users can ask the library staff for books they would like to borrow. Book reservation is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended.

To reserve a book:

  • Write an e-mail to, or place a reservation through our catalogue (if you do not have the username and password, please send us an email or ask the library staff).

  • Confirmation mail: library staff will confirm you the loan availability by e-mail.

  • Borrow: pick up reserved books at the library desk during the opening hours.

Return an item

Users must return books using the book return box located at the main entrance of the library (via Elisa). If they have questions about their loan status, users can email us at, or they can access their personal area (if you do not have the username and password, please send us an email or ask the library staff).

Rules to follow inside the building

All users must:

  • Keep a safe distance from others (at least 1 m/ 3 ft 3);

  • Avoid any form of gathering;

  • Use hand sanitizer for hand disinfection (dispensers are available throughout the library);

  • Protective masks are not mandatory but they are suggested.

PhD shared offices and Third Floor desks

PhD Shared offices and Third Floor desks are reserved to IMT users.

  • IMT users who would like to use a PhD shared office can reserve it here and request a key from the staff during the opening hours. Once at the library, users are reqired to scan the QRcode at the entrance in order to confirm their presence. Reservation will be canceled in an hour, if the QRcode is not scanned.
  • Third floor desks are freely available. No reservation required.
Magazines and newspapers

Magazine and newspaper consultation is allowed only at the consultation table, next to the library desk. 

Before consulting any reference materials, users are required to sanitize their hands.

Library computers

The library has one computer available to all users (over 18) who wish to consult our catalogue or browse the internet. 

  • Users are allowed one 1-hour session per day (no reservation needed).

  • Users need to ask the library staff to activate the computer.

  • Users must sanitize their hands and the computer keyboard, before and after their session.

Lockers and restrooms

Ask the staff for the lockers' keys. Lockers must be vacated by closing time.

Avoid any form of gathering in the restrooms area. Wait for your turn upstairs.

Break room and winter garden 

Access to the break room is allowed to one user at a time. Food and drinks are not allowed in the reading room.

In the winter garden, users must avoid any form of gathering. 

water dispenser is active and accessible to all users in the winter garden. When filling up their bottles, users must avoid any contact between their bottle and the dispenser.

ILL and DD services

The Interlibrary loan service and Document Delivery Service (via Nilde) are only available to IMT users. Users can email us at for questions and inquiries.

MLOL - Digital Library

MLOL is a free digital library, where users can access ebooks, newspapers, journals, music, films, and many more online resources. 

All users can request an account, by sending an email to Your request email should contain your ID info (number, type, expiration date) and your Italian fiscal code. 

To know more about MLOL, click here.

To access our services, library registration is mandatory for external users. The registration form is available at the reception desk.

Remote access to electronic resources

Most of our electronic resources (e-journals and databases) are also available from anywhere off-campus. See the page Databases in order to check the remote access methods available for each electronic resources.

Remote support

Library services are also available from remote. You can email us your requests and inquiries at The library staff will provide support and answer your questions about: