FAQ – Frequently asked questions

How do I access the Library?

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. All 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.

What are the Library opening hours?

9.00 a.m.-7.00 p.m.

Does the Library lend out books?


How many books can be referred to simultaneously?

Each user may refer to a maximum of five volumes at any one time.

Is it possible to reserve texts in advance?

Yes, by submitting a request via email or telephone.

How does the photocopying service work and what are the costs?

The Foundation staff provides a scanning service. Scans may be collected from on and not before the second day after being requested. Pickups and payments are made at the administration office. Costs are: € 0,20 per scan. Scannining for over €5,00 is subject to advance payment.

What limits do copyright laws impose on text photocopying?

As for texts published from 1901 onwards, the Foundation provides a scanning service in accordance with the legislation provided by copyright law no. 663/1941 and further amendments, barring further restrictions deriving from a bad state of preservation of the requested material. Publications from the period between the 16th and 19th century cannot be scanned, barring the possibility of scanning parts of them at the Administration’s discretion and depending on the physical state of the volume requested.

Can reference books be photographed?

Photographs and other types of reproduction are not allowed, barring express authorization by the Administration staff.

Does the Library participate in inter-library lending?


How does the document delivery service work?

Users who cannot physically collect photocopies or scans may benefit from the document delivery service by making a request via email or telephone. Reproductions can be sent either by post or email.

Is there a wireless internet connection?

Thanks to the WI-FI network provided by FreePiemonteWiFi users can benefit from a wireless internet connection in the Reading room.

How does internet access work?

To connect users need to select FreePiemonteWiFi from the list of Wi-Fi networks displayed.

How does microfilm and microfiche referencing work?

Microfilm and microfiche referencing may be made by appointment by submitting a request via email or telephone. Prints and digital reproductions can also be requested. Costs are: € 0,40 for A4 prints and € 0,80 for A3 prints.

Can personal microfilms or microfilms from other libraries be consulted using the Librarys reader?

Yes, but only by making an appointment via email or telephone. Prints and digital reproductions can also be requested.

How does old or rare books referencing work?

Referencing old or rare books can be done upon request the day before via email or telephone. Readers must return these texts to the Library staff when leaving the Reading room, even temporarily.

What kind of book materials are there in the Library?

The Library specializes in the fields of economic, historical and social science since the 18th century, aiming at university and post-graduate research. Its extent of studies is international and the geographical areas it provides research tools to range from Europe and the Americas to the developing world and emerging Asian countries.

How do I know which numbered collections of serials are owned by the Library?

All of the titles and contents of the 3.789 serials owned by the Library can be found in the on-line catalogue “Polo delle Ricerca”. 

Can suggestions on acquiring texts on the part of the Library be made?

Yes. In the Reading room there are specific forms for this. A panel will evaluate the suggestions and subsequently the applicants will be informed of the outcome.