The University of Milan has a network of 47 libraries. Some are dedicated to the main disciplinary areas, while a number of more specialised libraries are primarily used for research purposes.
All libraries share the same OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue), which is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from any internet-enabled computer.
The catalogue contains approximately one million bibliographic records, covering old and modern books, printed and electronic periodicals and audiovisual material, classified using the DDC (Dewey Decimal Classification) system, based primarily on subject matter and with the possibility to access several catalogues online.
Many libraries provide document delivery and interlibrary loan services, through an exchange network that encompasses the most important libraries in Italy and the rest of Europe, in order to facilitate access to texts for both students and final year students preparing thesis bibliographies.
The University’s library system also incorporates:
The archives of the APICE Centre – Archivio della parola, dell’immagine e della comunicazione editoriale (Words, Images and Publishing Communication Archives).
The catalogue of the AIR (Italian text) – or University Research Archive - which contains the bibliographical records relating to the products of research, a showcase of the University of Milan’s scientific production.
Furthermore, the library system provides internal users with access to a large number of electronic journals of educational and scientific interest.