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Sapienza Library System

With 6,000 seats, Sapienza's 46 libraries provide you with the largest university library holdings in Italy, made out of 2.7 million books and scientific journals, supported by around 160 librarians. And if you want to stay at home, by accessing online, you can read over 20,000 ebooks and more than 44,000 electronic journals and consult more than 170 databases for research. But there is much more: reading rooms open even at night, computer stations, courses on how to carry out bibliographic research or compile a bibliography, cultural activities such as book clubs, bibliographic exhibitions and bookcrossing zones

Umberto I General Hospital reading room open round the clock. Main Campus 24h reading rooms closed at night from June 6

Due to urgent works that will affect various areas of the Main Campus, for safety reasons, starting from Tuesday, June 6, 2023, the 24-hour reading room located at Earth Sciences will be closed at night, until the end of the renovation works. The Earth Sciences reading rooms is open on Saturday and Sunday from 8 am to 8 pm. As a replacement, the 24 hour opening of the Umberto I General Hospital reading room, which can be reached from viale del Policlinico 155 and viale Regina Elena 324 gates (see map), has been extended.


Sapienza University of Rome offers you

  • more than 40 libraries organized in 120 branches (map)
  • Bookable rooms for study groups
  • 2.7 millions of items such as books, journals, movies, maps, printed music, etc.
  • Borrowing services
  • 20.000 e-books, 44.000 e-journals, about 170 databases, also available off campus
  • Reference services face to face and by email
  • Classes about how to perform a bibliographic research or how to compile a bibliography
  • Cultural activities such as reading circles, bibliographic exhibitions, bookcrossing
  • Paid internships in libraries
  • More than 160 librarian.

All these services are for free for Sapienza users.

For more information, consult the FAQs.

Sapienza Library System 

The Sapienza Library System preserves, develops, and manages the bibliographic collections owned by the libraries and guarantees access to the electronic resources, in order to support research, teaching and administrative functions and needs. The Library System aims to ensure high standards of efficiency and efficacy in planning and managing the services offered by the library network, even periodically monitoring the stakeholders’ satisfaction.

Through a portal, the Library System offers a tool for searching both the Catalogo Biblioteche Sapienza and the DiscoverySapienza.

For off-campus access, visit the DiscoverySapienza and follow the instructions.

Sapienza Library System organizes Erasmus Staff weeks for the exchange of knowledge and experiences among professionals.

Our Libraries 

Sapienza offers more than 40 distinct libraries that function cooperatively to provide centralised online services, including a catalogue, electronic resources, information services and document exchange. The collections include ca. 2,700,000 modern and ancient books, periodicals, databases, electronic and multimedia resources.
All information concerning libraries and free services are listed on the portal (see link window).

24H Reading Rooms

Adresses, opening hours and requirements for access are available on the dedicated webpage.

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