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The University has 9 libraries to serve its various faculties. In addition, there are also museums, research centres and the new Pavia Digital Archive (PAD) dedicated to digital records of contemporary authors.
In total, there are 130 libraries in the local network, 1,500,000 documents (ranging from books, videos, theses, music and printed maps to electronic documents).

Students will be provided with a wide and complete range of about 35 libraries run by different faculties and departments. The whole library system contains over 972.000 books and about 19.000 printed periodicals, thus covering the whole range of academic teaching and research on offer.

All material in the different academic libraries is listed in an electronic catalogue, called OPAC (On-line Public Access Catalogue). By consulting this source, students can find online information about books, as well as about the placement and availability of the material they are interested in. Different kinds of research are possible; from the simplest to more specific ones. A special section of the catalogue is reserved for periodicals. The OPAC catalogue also includes materials offered in public libraries. Each library has its own opening hours and rules: libraries can be open from a minimum of 16 to a maximum of 50 hours per week, generally from Monday to Friday.

To consult the OPAC, please go to: (Italian Version)

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The course instructors will give you information about the books and the course materials needed. In some cases you may get the handouts from the instructor or you’ll have to purchase the course material. You should find the course books at the University Library (Biblioteca). Each Faculty has its own library.

You can borrow books for one month if they are not part of an official exam bibliography (compulsory readings). You can keep the exam materials only for some hours or a few days to make photocopies.

Please note that in Italy it is illegal to photocopy more than 15% of a text book.