Social Sciences Library

On-site reading, loans, renewals, reservations at the Social Sciences Library

For general information please visit the page dedicated to on-site reading and loans

On-site reading

Use OneSearch to check on items' loan status.

Most of the materials are on open shelves and can be browsed directly:

  • ground floor - text and set books with Dewey call numbers (sections TESTO and DID);
  • first floor and hanging corridor -  journals in call number order and Eurpoean documentation Centre;
  • second floor and hanging corridor - reference materials (REF collection) with Dewey call numbers.
Once you finished reading an item do not put it back on the shelves but leave it on tables and trolleys.

Teaching staff, doctoral candidates, research fellows, grant students and subject specialists can have on the tables reserved for them up to 10 books for 60 days with special bookmarks to be obtained from librarians. However, books with call numbers starting with TESTO, DID, REF are not included in this allowance. 

Materials held in the closed deposit are distributed on request at the ground floor desk, Monday to Friday at the following set times: 10.30 am - 12.30 pm - 4.30 pm.

To request books just click on Reservation on its OneSearch record and check the screen for information on the distribution time.

Other items, for which a request slip must be filled out, have different access options according to the type of material:

Items requested from the closed deposit can be kept on hold in the library for up to 7 days.



The service is active Monday to Friday 8.30 am - 6.30 pm. Loans and returns are carried out at the desk on the ground floor. There is also self-check out terminals next to the loans desk. 

Borrowing Rules

Borrowing rights vary according to the user's borrower status:
Type of users and borrowing rights
Modern books (from 1916)
Text and set books
Audiovisual material
Bachelor's students, single courses, professional master, specialising students, external users, tech/admin staff
Standard loan:
up to 6 volumes for 1 month (2 renewals allowed)


On-site reading from open shelves and overnight loan:
up to 2 volumes from 5 pm to 9.30 am of the next business day (non renewable)
Short loan:
up to 3 documents for 7 days (max 2 renewals)
Master's students, graduands, teaching staff, doctoral students, grand and research fellows, subject specialists
Standard loan:
up to 20 volumes for 2 months (one renewal possible)
On-site reading from open shelves and overnight loan:
up to 2 volumes from 5 pm to 9.30 am of the next business day (non renewable)
Short loan:
up to 3 documents for 7 days (max 2 renewals)

Renewals can be made online by logging into My account in OneSearch or by calling 055 2759826 Mon-Fri 9-11 am.

Reference-only materials

The following materials are for on-site reading only:
  • text and set books (call numbers: TESTO except for overnight loan, DID, DIDRI)
  • journals, reference works  (call numbers starting with REF, REFRI)
  • Items published before 1916
  • Historical and archival collections, valuable works, special collections (ARALDICA, CALAMANDREI, CAPPELLETTI, DEVOTO, FRANCOLINI, JEMOLO, MALVEZZI, SALVIOLI), documents coming from the former Law library (call numbers starting with A-, B-, C-, CA-)
  • graduation theses
  • parliamentary acts
  • microfilms, microfiches
  • damaged books  

Overnight and public holiday loans

The only documents allowed for overnight and public holiday loan are those with call number starting with TESTO.

Items can be borrowed from 5 pm must be returned by 9.30 am on the next business day.


Users must return items by the due date. In case of late returns borrowing will be blocked for the same number of days the returned items were outstanding. The proceure is automatic.

In particular for books in the section TESTO the blocking is for 10 days even if the item is returned just one hour later than the due time. Further 10 days of blockage are added for each day the item remains outstanding.
For further information please check the Library Regulations.
last update: 10-May-2016
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