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What are the Library's opening hours?

IMT Library is open from Monday to Tuesday 9am-6:30pm and from Friday to Saturday 9am-1:30pm. IMT members can enter every day from 7:30am to 00:50am by using their personal badge. A detailed list of planned closures and timetable changes can be consulted here.

I am not an IMT member, can I access to the Library?

External users can access the Library during the opening hours and enjoy our services and resources by filling in the registration form at the Library desk.

What is the policy on eating and drinking in the Library?

We do encourage you to stay hydrated and take regular breaks whilst studying. You can eat and drink in the room near the restrooms at the ground floor. In this space you can also find snack and drink machines. Everywhere else in the building, we only allow water and covered drinks. This policy is intended to preserve our library materials, computer equipment and furnishings, and to maintain a pleasant, comfortable and hygienic environment for all our users and staff to work in throughout the year.

I am not an IMT member, can I check my email in the Library?

Yes, external users and visitors (over 18) can use our public computer for a maximum of 2 hours per day. Please ask the staff to activate a computer.

Can I access to IMT-Lib wi-fi connection?

IMT members can access to wi-fi connection by using their IMT credentials. External users (over 18) can ask to the Library staff for a personal password, that will be available in 1 working day.

Can I print from the Library computers?

No, it's not possible to print directly from the computers. External users can ask the staff to print some pages. Internal users have direct access to all printing machines in the library. Remember: the library is not a copy shop, respect nature and don't waste paper.

Where can I find dictionaries?

If you want to consult the complete list of dictionaries available in the library collection, use the Library Catalogue. Dictionaries and other reference materials are stored by the library desk. Ask the staff for consultation.


How many books can I borrow?

Different kinds of users have different loan entitlements. Full details of these entitlements can be found here.

How do I renew my books?

You can self-renew your book loans through the IMT Library Opac at, by logging in and accessing to 'MyDiscovery' area. You can do it starting from 5 days before the due date up to 3 days after. You can also contact us by phone or email to ask for a renewal. Book loans can be renewed twice. Books reserved by other users and textbooks cannot be renewed. For more information, please visit this page.

Can I reserve a book?

Yes, you can reserve a book from the IMT Library Opac at (you need to logging in) or by email at You will receive an email when the book is available in the Library.

I think I have lost a library book. What should I do?

If you have lost a library book issued on your library record, you should contact the Library to discuss providing a replacement copy. Generally, we ask to replace the book yourself with a brand new or a secondhand copy in good condition. Before buying the replacement please make sure that have checked the title, author and the edition to ensure you are replacing like with like. If you are not sure, ask the library staff.

The catalogue says that the book I want is on loan for a year or more, is it correct?

Yes. Researchers and professors can borrow material till the end of the academic year or till the end of their project. However you can ask us to send a recall notice to the user asking him/her to return the item.  We will let you know when it is available for collection.

I have checked out a book but the loan expires in 5 days instead of 1 month, is it correct?

Yes, items suggested in reading lists for specific exams are available for a shorter period.

There are not enough copies of the book I need. All copies are on loan. What can I do?

The library aims to provide a minimum ratio of one book per ten students for essential texts. But if more copies are needed and funds permit, we can purchase extra copies. We need to find out which books are in greatest demand and you can help by taking these steps:

  • Place a reservation on the book. Assuming you're first in line, as soon as a copy is returned, you will be notified and can borrow it. It also means that library staff are notified of the demand on the book.
  • Send an email to the library and your professor, suggesting to buy more copies of a book.
What if I need a document not owned by the Library?

If IMT Library does not own the book you need, you can request it through our Interlibrary Loan service. If you need an article or a book section, you can ask it through our Document Delivery service. The service is provided only for IMT members and is completely free.



What is Ebsco Discovery Service?

Ebsco Discovery Service is a web tool that allows you to search within all the library collections: books, printed and electronic journals, databases, e-books, and PhD theses. The simple search box is available on all the pages of the library website along with the link to advanced search.

You can download the full text of available electronic resources in PDF, EPUB, or HTML.

For more information, please visit the page All collections.

How do I download e-books from Ebsco eBook Collection?

You can search and access the e-books included in this collection through  Ebsco Discovery Service or you can browse the on the dedicated platform. You can read online the full text of the documents from any device connected to IMT School network or you can download the PDF or the EPUB file by logging in. If you have never registered for a personal account in Ebsco Discovery Service, you can do it at the moment. The file will be available on your device for 1 month, renewable by downloading the file again. Adobe Digital Edition is required, but if you don't have it on your device, you can install it by following the downloading procedure.

Video tutorial: Reading online Ebsco e-books, Downloading Ebsco e-books.

Can I access electronic resources from home?

If you need to access the electronic resources from home or another place outside IMT Campus, you can use our remote access systems. The procedure consists in configuring the proxy of your browser or of your PC and installing a certificate. Instructions are available on this page.

Some resources, such as Elsevier's Science Direct, Scopus, SpringerLink, allow you to access also with institutional login. In this case, you will use your IMT credentials to access. The remote access options available for each resource are described on the Databases and E-books pages.

This service is available to institutional users only. 



What is IMT Institutional Repository IRIS?

IRIS is the official archive for all the publications produced by our faculty. Through the institutional repository, the Library manages, archives and facilitates the dissemination of research materials created by the community members. The repository is freely accessible to anyone.

How can I deposit my publications in IRIS?

If you are a member of IMT community (professor, researcher, student), you can self-deposit your publications in our institutional repository. You can log in IRIS with your institutional credentials (the same used for SIIMT). For more information about the deposit procedure, please visit this page

Can I upload the pdf of my publication in IRIS?

IMT Library warmly encourages Open Access practices in order to offer a free full text version of the publication and help you in disseminating your works. If you want to know what kind of version you can use in repositories, please consult the Open Access files toolkit or ask the library staff for support. 

What is IMT e-theses?

IMT e-theses is the archive for PhD theses produced by our students. IMT e-theses is freely accessible to anyone. The accessibility of the full text of each deposited thesis depends from the level of access decided by the author at the moment of the deposit. A thesis can be in open access version (under creative commons license), or in restricted version (the thesis is subject to an embargo period, and the full text of the thesis is not going to be accessible until the end of the embargo). For more information, please visit this page.

How can I deposit my PhD Thesis in IMT e-thesis repository?

Library staff will deposit your PhD thesis in the repository before the discussion.