It started in 1964 from the donation of over 70.000 volumes belonging to Luigi Einaudi. It specializes in the fields of economic, political, social and historical science from the 18th century onwards with regards to Italy, Europe and the Americas including their corpus of reference books, as well as a collection of rare works. Its extent of studies is international and the geographical areas it provides research tools to range from Europe and the Americas to developing countries.
During decades the library has continued growing through acquisitions and donations to contain 258.000 titles. Amongst the collections donated, it includes books belonging to Filippo Arrigo, Piero Bairati, Marcello Carmagnani, Francesco Forte, Alberto Geisser, Bruno Leoni, Siro Lombardini, Raimondo Luraghi, Roberto Michels, Francesco Saverio Nitti, Franco Reviglio, Sergio Ricossa, Ruggiero Romano, Massimo L. Salvadori, Sergio Steve, Maurizio Vaudagna and Franco Venturi, to the Centro Studi of Fiat and to the Centro de Estudios de México en Italia. It houses 3.816 domestic and foreign serials, out of print and ongoing.
The annual increase of volumes is more than 3.500 units. The library welcomes readers from Italy and abroad every year, for an average total of over 6.000 visitors. Since 1992, it has operated in connection with the national computer network SBN-Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale (National Library Service). Through the national and international connection OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue), the library allows readers access to the data on over 218.700 titles which have so far been entered in the online catalogue of the Foundation and the referencing of other national and foreign catalogues.
At the same time, it keeps the traditional paper catalogue available to readers. In the Reference Room readers have full and free access to Wi-Fi Internet.
Using the Library
External scholars and students are allowed into the Library Reference Room subject to availability of study space. The Library membership card is free and renewable annually. Admission to the Library and Archive is free. The first three admissions are open to all provided that they show some form of valid ID and give personal details on request by the admission staff. Further admissions are subject to the presentation of:
- for students: a letter of introduction on a University’s letterhead written by a professor and a valid ID
- for teachers and professors: a valid ID proving their occupation
- for others: a letter of introduction by the Institution interested in the research and a valid ID.
The request for admission must be submitted after completing a form indicating the topic of study.
Open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m.–7.00 p.m.
The Luigi Einaudi Foundation Library does not lend out books or participate in inter-library lending.
Book and serial checkout from storage facilitiese
9.00 a.m.–12.30 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.–5.00 p.m. Readers may consult the texts requested during library opening hours (9.00 a.m.-7.00 p.m.). Internal loan requests can be made one day before via email or telephone.
Referencing books from the Rare book room or the Administration Room is subject to reservation (also via telephone, email or fax) at least a day before.
At the Reading Room 9.00 a.m.-1.00 p.m. and 2.00 p.m.-5.00 p.m.
For further information, write to the Foundation.