Departmental libraries

‘Franco Riva’ Library, Department of Cultures and Civilizations

Around 27,000 volumes and 35 Italian and foreign magazines and periodicals, about 100 ceased subscriptions, microfilms, audio and video cassettes, CD-ROMs and musical CDs. A large part of the library material comes from the former institutes of Italian Studies, Foreign Languages and Linguistics and Classical Studies from the ex-Faculty of Letters and Philosophy. Collective Catalogue abbreviation: LLS.
The linguistics section is divided into: general, theoretical and applied linguistics; Italian, Germanic, Romance, etc. linguistics; Indo-European, Greek and Latin linguistics; and French, English, Spanish and German language.
Classical studies are divided into 14 sections: Latin and Greek authors; Latin collections; Greek collections; philology; bibliographies, lexicons and dictionaries; various languages; religion; history; law; history of literature; various; customs; philosophy; the medieval period.
The Italian studies section contains works of Italian literature, literary criticism, history of Italian language, medieval and humanistic philology, comparative literature, history of theatre and performing arts, cinema, communication studies, humanities computing and other interdisciplinary texts.
The department's library materials are searchable in the university's collective catalogue.

‘Luigi Ambrosoli’ Library, Department of Cultures and Civilizations
The library (STL in the collective catalogue) was created from a fusion of the Institute of Geography and the Institute of History. It collects, organises and conserves documentary and informational material of historical, geographic, bibliographic, archaeological and sociological interest to support the department's teaching and research and the informational and cultural needs of scholars in the field. It holds around 25,000 volumes, 162 periodicals (41 of which are current subscriptions), microfiches, CD-ROMs, DVDs, video cassettes and maps, all searchable through the university catalogue (

The library has a reading room with seating for 12 and a computer workstation to search the library catalogue.


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