Our libraries make their services available in compliance with Covid-19 safety measures.

Please note that the Covid-19 certificate ("green pass") is required to enter libraries. Comply with all safety rules, e.g. sanitize your hands and wear a face mask FFP2 covering your nose and mouth.

Seats in reading rooms must be reserved via the website or the LezioniUnimi App.

All other services continue remotely. Read the FAQs on this page to find out which services are available.

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Consultation in reading rooms

You have to reserve a seat through our web portal or mobile app "lezioniUnimi".

Seat reservation is not required to borrow or return a book.

From 1 through 30 April, you can enter libraries only if you have a ‘basic‘ green pass and wear a mask (preferably FFP2) covering your nose and mouth.
We remind you that anyone with respiratory symptoms or body temperature above 37.5° will not be allowed to enter or remain on University premises. The requirement to keep a safety distance of at least 1 metre shall stand.

Book loan and return

Seat reservation is not required to borrow or return a book.

Loan requests MUST be submitted through the University Catalogue

What you need to do:

  • Request books from the Catalogue
  • Check your university email: you will be sent a notification message as soon as the books are ready to be collected
  • Go to the library as instructed, wearing a mask, and with an ID

Remember that it can take a few days from your request to the book being available for pick-up.

To return a book, place it in the containers that you will find at the library. If you are unable to come to the library, you can send the book by post or courier at your own expense to the address of the owning library. To check the expiration of your loans, access your Personal Area in the Catalogue

How can I access the University e-resources from home?

You can always access the University Digital Library using your University e-mail credentials.
To search simultaneously all resources you can use the search engine  MIinerva which will retrieve articles, books, e-books and all the resources that are most suitable for you
Do you need help in identifying what resources are most useful to you?  Contact the librarians   
Do you need technical assistance? Write to bd.help@unimi.it

Which University e-resources are available?

You have more than 370,000 e-books and 70,000 e-journals available.
The Digital Library has also subscribed to 225 databases, which are very useful tools for finding articles and essays contained in academic journals, publications by multiple authors or conference proceedings, or for data consulting. 
Do you need technical assistance? Write to bd.help@unimi.it

The University also provides   AIR  the institutional repository of scientific publications, where you can find doctoral theses discussed at the University since 2010. AIR also contains bibliographic data, and often full-text articles, monographs, essays, edited books, conference and working papers produced by the University researchers since 2004.

On the page  Unimi publications  you can also access journals and series edited by the University teachers

I am writing my thesis, what about the bibliography?

Our paper collections are currently not available, but our librarians can help students find sources and useful resources for their thesis:  you can contact them  directly from home. They will help you retrieve books and articles from the Digital Library and, upon request, they will acquire any e-books as soon as possible (if they are on the market and can be made available through the University Digital Library): suggest purchasing an e-book.

Don't forget that you can manage bibliography using the software listed on the page  Bibliography tools. We recommend in particular Citavi or Mendeley, available to our users under ad-hoc agreements with software producers.

Please also check out our Towards the thesis course materials, available on the dedicated page.

I need a book for my degree thesis or doctoral dissertation. What shall I do?

Have you checked whether there is an electronic version in the Digital Library? You can also do this with the librarians.

Otherwise you can suggest purchasing the e-book: fill in the online form available in the Suggestions section in the  Personal Area of the Catalogue. If the e-book is on the market and meets our Digital Library technical requirements, it will be purchased by the University Library Service.

Which e-books can be purchased by the Digital Library?

In order to meet the needs of our upcoming graduates and doctoral students during this emergency period, we will purchase e-books whenever possible, and will make them available through the Digital Library.
However, please note that:

  • there is not an electronic version for all books on the market, especially for Italian books.
  • the supplier must provide purchase or subscription options for academic use. For example, we cannot purchase e-books from retail platforms, such as Amazon, IBS etc.