History of Art, Music and Performing Arts Library

News from the Library

BiblioHELP is the new online platform of the Library Service: a single access point to inform and guide the public of the Universtity of Milan among resources and library services. BiblioHELP is aimed not only at those who study and do research at University of Milan, but also at the external users interested in our collections.


Minerva, the catalogue of all University bibliographic resources
MinervaWith Minerva, you can search all University collections, both printed and online, from a single access point.The new tool is a very powerful, state-of-the-art information and bibliographic search software: information-retrieval, result-ranking and search-refinement technologies make for an effective, user-friendly search system. Just a few clicks, and you will retrieve your document, find new information resources, and directly access library services.
Minerva replaces and integrates the tools we have used so far for searching and retrieving documents: The Catalogue, Explora, e-journal and e-book lists, and the Bibliounimi App.
Our librarians will assist you in libraries. Moreover, short tutorials illustrating its key features are always available.


The Library provides the following services

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Access to collections and reading rooms

The library material is available to students, Erasmus students, University’s teaching staff, visiting professors, University staff, staff from partner institutions and external users who have an interest in the collections.

The library has two reading rooms, one specialising in art history (4th floor) and the other specialising in music and performing arts history (2nd floor).

The reading room is primarily intended for the use of the collections and services. Admission to the reading room for the purpose of study using personal materials is permitted on a seat availability basis, as verified by library staff.

For more information, please consult the Charter of Services


University of Milan students, Erasmus students, University teaching staff, visiting professors, University staff, staff from partner institutions and users from partner hospital centres, are all registered with the library’s borrowing service.
Interested external users can request temporary registration by submitting a completed application form filled in and signed by a member of the teaching staff or researcher from the University. The form can be collected in person from the library or downloaded from the Library Service portal.

Online services: Users can access the personal area of the Catalogue (My library account) and the bibliounimi app to:

  • send a loan request; the reader has 3 days to collect the volumes;
  • reserve books that are currently out on loan; when the reserved volumes are returned, the  library will email the user by the following day to notify them. The user then has 3 working  days in which to collect the documents;
  • request a renewal.

Renewal is allowed starting four days from the due date, as long as the books have not been reserved by others. Renewals cannot be authorised for books that have exceeded their loan due date.

Failure to return items by their due date will result in the user being barred from services provided at all Library Service libraries until the item is returned; the return of an item more than three days after its due date will result in the user being suspended from using the library service for twice the number of days overdue.
Students who fail to return items within 60 days of their due date will have a temporary block put on their academic studies and will be excluded from exam sessions; the block will be removed once the borrowed item is returned; however, the student’s suspension from using the library service will remain in place.

There are different types of loans:

a) standard loan

  Students and those of similar status University teaching staff, technical and administrative staff, staff from partner institutions, and those of similar status External users with  Malleveria*
How many items? no limits no limits 3 volumes
For how long? 30 days 60 days 30 days
Loan renewals 60 days as a whole (30 day each renewal) 120 days as a whole (60 day each renewal) 60 days as a whole (30 day each renewal)

* Guarantee form filled in and signed by a member of the University’s teaching staff. The form can be collected from the library in person or downloaded from the library’s web pages.

b) course reserve

  Humanities, Law, Economics, Politics and Social Sciences Libraries 
How many items? 4 items
For how long? 15 days
Loan renewals 30 days as a whole (15 day each renewal)

c) Loan of Diritto allo Studio  (Education Incentive Programme) books
The service provides access to course reserve material put together with the contribution of the Lombardy Region as part of the raft of measures in the Education Incentive Programme.

The service is provided in the following libraries:
Biomedical volumes
- Biblioteca Biomedica di Città Studi, via Valvassori Peroni 21
- Biblioteca del Polo centrale di medicina e chirurgia, via della Commenda 19
- Biblioteca del Polo centrale di medicina e chirurgia. Sez. di Dermatologia, via Pace 9
Science volumes
- Biblioteca Biomedica di Città Studi, via Valvassori Peroni 21
- Biblioteca di Informatica. Crema branch, via Bramante 65, Crema
Humanities, Law and Economics-Social Sciences volumes
- Biblioteca di Studi giuridici e umanistici. Sala del Settecento, via Festa del Perdono 7
- Biblioteca del Polo di mediazione interculturale e comunicazione, piazza Montanelli 11, Sesto San Giovanni.

d) Intra-system loans
Intra-system loans allow users to request and collect from the library books that are available for loan by other libraries in the System, with the exception of books from the Course reserve in sciences, humanities, law, economics, political and social sciences, and other material reserved for teaching and research purposes, reference works and damaged or fragile volumes.

 The volumes must be returned to the library where they were requested. This service is reserved to students, Erasmus students, University teaching staff, visiting professors, University staff and staff from partner institutions.

Interlibrary Loans and Document Delivery

The library provides the following interlibrary services to students, Erasmus students, University teaching staff, visiting professors, University staff and staff from partner institutions, as well as to users from hospital centres.

a) interlibrary loans i.e. ordering books not held in the Library Service libraries from other libraries in Italy and abroad;
b) Document Delivery, i.e. ordering copies of journal articles and book chapters not held in the Library Service libraries from other libraries in Italy and abroad;
c) Intrasystem Document Delivery service, i.e. ordering printed copies of journal articles and book chapters from other libraries in the University.

The services are provided with due regard for current copyright regulations and specific licence agreements covering certain types of resources, within the limits established for the purposes of preservation, and according to the conditions laid down by the supplying library.
Please note that the copy of the document requested through the Document Delivery service cannot be sent by email but must be collected from the library in person, regardless of its original format.

Service parameters:

Service Number of requests
Interlibrary loan

at least 3 concurrent requests

at least 3 concurrent requests for students, 5 for teaching staff (teaching staff, bursary recipients, contracted teaching staff, doctoral students) and for technical-administrative staff

Document Delivery

at least 5 requests per week

The service is provided free of charge to our users. 

Delays in returning documents received through the interlibrary loan system, and damage to or failure to return borrowed materials will result in sanctions as envisaged under the borrowing service.
Users who fail to collect requested material will lose access to library services until the account has been settled.

Through the interlibrary loan and Document Delivery systems the library makes its resources available to those libraries and documentation centres that request access to them.

Libraries that request our materials are charged the following fees to cover expenses:

  • Interlibrary loan: €8 for each volume shipped within Italy, €16 for each volume shipped abroad.
  • Document delivery: 1 to 20 pages: €4, equivalent to ½  an IFLA voucher; 21 to 40 pages: €8, equivalent to 1 IFLA voucher; more than 40 pages: evaluated on a case by case basis.

Reference service

Library staff help users navigate the library services in the first instance and to provide basic assistance for searching the catalogues and using the printed and digital collections.
With regard to the library's field of specialisation, by appointment the library provides personal assistance for specialist bibliographical searches and compilation of bibliographies, and help in developing effective search strategies. It also offers tips for the advanced use of catalogues and other bibliographic search tools, both printed and online, as well as help in finding information and even documents where possible.

To make an appointment please send an email to bibliosam@unimi.it

The library subscribes to ‘Ask a Librarian’, the online reference service.  

Photocopies and Printing

The library offers all users a self-service photocopying service which allows them to make photocopies and send print jobs from the library’s computer terminals , or their personal smartphones, tablets and PCs.
Service charges can be paid using the University badge distributed to students (Carta La Statale) or with cards which can be purchased from automatic card dispensers located on the University's premises.

Italian copyright law permits photocopying of up to 15% of the pages in a printed volume or journal issue. It is possible to print copies of Digital Library search results within the limits of individual licence agreements with publishers.
Photocopying is not permitted where there is any risk to the condition of the material.


Internet access

The PCs in the library provide access to the University Catalogue, the University Library Service portal, the Digital Library and other key online resources for study and research.
Users must identify themselves using their University login details to browse Internet sites other than the University’s websites.

Users who have a University email account can access the University’s wireless network from their own computers, smartphones or tablets in Eduroam mode. The service is also available to external users from member institutions of the Eduroam Federation of Universities and Research Institutes (access to the Digital Library is not available to logged in external users).

Courses and training activities

The library offers orientation and training sessions on the services, resources and tools available in its area of specialisation, with the general aim of improving information literacy.

Classes are mainly taught in Italian. The schedule of courses and information in Italian are available on the University’s library service portal.

Access to archives

Some centres and libraries in the University hold documentary archives pertaining to people and institutions of the academic, cultural and publishing spheres, as well as the University’s historical archive. A list and brief description of the resources can be found on the University Library Service portal and on the web pages of individual libraries.
Most of the archives have been organised and described; many have an electronic inventory which can be consulted through a web interface managed by the University’s Library Service. All interested users can access the collection by appointment. Specific methods for accessing and using the archives are defined by the libraries based on the specific nature of the resources and/or documents.
Access to and disclosure of the documents must take place with due regard to current legislation on the protection of personal data and copyright laws. All quotations or use thereof must be accompanied by an explicit reference to the place where the documents are held, the archival collection, the series and unit consulted.