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FAQ

USING THE LIBRARY

What are the Library's opening hours?

IMT Library is open from Monday to Friday, from 9:00 to 18:30 and on Saturday, from 9:00 to 13:30. IMT members can enter every day from 7:30 to 24:45 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 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 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.

BORROWING

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 http://imtlucca.comperio.it, 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 http://imtlucca.comperio.it (you need to logging in) or by email at lib@imtlucca.it. 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.

 

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES

How can I access to ebooks and electronic journals?

You can browse or search ebooks and electronic journals in our discovery tool.

How do I know which databases and ebook collections I can access?

Check the list of our subscribed databases at this page.

Can I access to electronic material from home?

IMT members can access to electronic resources off campus, thanks to our Remote Access service. Learn more at this page.

 

REPOSITORIES

What is IMT Institutional Repository IRIS?

IRIS is the official archive for all the publications produced by our faculty. Thanks to the institutional repository, the Library can manage, archive and facilitate dissemination of research materials created by the community members. The repository is freely accessible to anyone.

How can I deposit my publications in E-prints?

If you are an IMT professor or a researcher, you can self-deposit your publications in our institutional repository. In order to be able to do that, you need to send us an email to request the activation of your profile. Instructions about the use of the repository can be downloaded    here .If you are a PhD student you can send us by email the list of the publications you want to deposit. Please note that only refereed publications can be deposited for students.

Can I upload the pdf of my publication in E-prints?

IMT Library warmly encourage the Open Access practices in order to offer a free fulltext 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 website  SHERPA/RoMEO and search for the copyright policies of the journal where your work has been published. If you are not sure on how to proceed, please contact us (link a https://www.imtlucca.it/library/about#contacts) and we will be happy to help you.

What is IMT e-theses?

IMT e-theses is the archive for PhD theses produced by our students. IMT e-theses is freely accessible

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

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