to the library
Access to the library is free to users, Italian or foreign, over 16,
subject to production of evidence of personal identification. Young
people under sixteen can enter the library either in groups, accompanied
by teachers, or alone, with a written recommendation of a teacher
or accompanied by an adult who is in charge of their behaviour. Please
note: on entering the library the user is given a "carta d'ingresso"
(entering card). Such card, with all the required information, must
be kept by the user during his/her stay in the library, since it is
required to obtain and borrow books and to get out of the library.
for information and assistance
The URP (reception office)
offers general information on the library, its services and catalogues
and on the collections. The personnel helps users with the card catalogue
giving advice in their research. The office accepts suggestions, comments
and complaints. Requests may be addressed to the office also by mail,
fax and e-mail. In each section, the personnel is at disposition for
any requests from the public.
the card catalogues
The card catalogue is the main tool for the document retrieval. It
generally answers three questions form the user: Is there this particular
book, by this author, in this edition? What is there by this author,
in which editions? Is there anything on this subject? Library items
can be identified through the general author catalogue and the subject
catalogue. Some sections have their own catalogues, for specific material
(such as musical editions) for typology of items (for ex. manuscripts
and pictures) according to the order of the collections (such as the
Decimal Dewey System).
The general catalogue is located in the entrance hall of the library
on the first floor, and consists of two separate catalogues:
1. catalogue of items entered according to the pre-1979 cataloguing
2. catalogue of the "new acquisitions" catalogued according to the
Please note: in the "new acquisitions" you can find items published
before 1979 but arrived at the library after that date.
The general author catalogue is in alphabetic order by the author's
surname - person or institution- in the case of anonymous works by
the first world of the title, except articles. The subject catalogue,
located in the distribution room, is ordered alphabetically by subject
entry. The library personnel, particularly the URP personnel, is at
your disposition for information, suggestions and explanation for
the use of the general catalogue.
the on-line catalogues
Since 1990, the library has started the on-line cataloguing of books
in the SBN (National Library Service) union catalogue, where the most
relevant Italian libraries contribute records to one single Index.
There are two ways to use the on-line catalogue:
1. from one of the computers round the library
2. from the Internet connecting to the OPAC of the BNN.
To view the on-lines catalogues click
repertoires, encyclopaedias and dictionaries
Users may find a number of encyclopaedias
for reference in the Salone di Lettura (Reading Room).
More encyclopaedias, bibliographies, dictionaries may be found
in the Sale di Consultazione (Reference Rooms) and
freely used after asking the section personnel.
Users may require up to two items
- for a maximum of four volumes - at the Distribution desk.
First of all users should consult the card and on-line catalogues
to make sure whether the book they are looking for is in the
library collections. Users should then fill in a request form
and hand it in at the Distribution desk or in one of the Sections.
Particular attention should be paid to the book location indicated
on the right side of the catalogue card.
whether a book can be obtained for reading and loan depends
on which collection the book belongs to. The Distribution
room has a display with a list of the various collections
and of the average retrieval time. In case you find more than
one locations in the catalogue, please note them all.
Fill up the request form and hand it in at the distribution
desk. Items are usually delivered at : 9.30-10.30-11.30-12.30-13.30-15-16-17-18.
As some collections are stored in parts of the building that
are far away from the Distribution desk, delivery of books
belonging to them will be made at: 10.30-11.30-12.30-13.30.
For more information please consult the Distribution display
or ask the Distribution personnel.
When the required items belong to the collections of particular
sections, the request should be presented to the sections
in the following list Sections distribution times.
Please note that generally each section delivers its material
in real time. For more information on the request and delivery
of manuscripts and rare books please click
For more information go to the pages of the single sections
in this site.
When the items are delivered, users have to hand in their
entrance card with all the required information. For books
delivered at the Distribution desk, reading is allowed in
the main Reading Room, while each section has a reading room
for its material. After consulting the items users should
hand them back at the desk or sections where they were taken
and collect their entrance card.
Please note: users can leave items for deposit for
the following three days; or pre-1800 printed material users
have to hand in their identification together with the entrance
manuscripts and rare printed books
Access to the Manuscripts and rare books section is provided
to scholars and students over 18 with evidence of personal
identification. To consult manuscripts a written recommendation
from an Italian or foreign University professor or from the
head of a qualified institution is required; the letter should
confirm the particulars scholarly needs of the applicant.
The Manuscripts librarian authorises the applicant to consult
the items in question.
The Manuscripts and rare books can be consulted only one at
a time, except for motivated needs of the scholar, in special
reading rooms. Users can leave up to three items in deposit
for a maximum of three days. For safety and conservation reasons
the admission of scholars is accepted up to the seating capacity
of the special reading rooms.
For more information please
view the site at the pages Sezione
Manoscritti e rari and Regolamento
Books are lent to all registered
users by the Loan office. In order to be registered for Loans
an evidence of personal identification
two identical passport pictures
evidence of residency in Campania
residents can be temporary admitted to the Loan service:
and UE citizens can temporarily join the Loan service subject
to production of a document proving their research needs and
their temporary address
European citizens, besides the documents listed above, should
provide documents proving their sojourn period issued by diplomatic
or cultural authorities.
In order to borrow items, users must produce their loan card, their
entrance card and 2 copies of the request form (mod. 26). Users can
borrow up to two items (maximum of 4 volumes). All items can be borrowed
for one month (4 weeks) and may be renewed if not reserved by another
Manuscripts, rare books, pre-1850 printed books, encyclopaedias, miscellany
volumes, periodicals, dictionaries, repertoires etc. are for reference
Please note: for more details on loan procedures, inter-library
loans and on reference items please view the pages Servizio
Prestito and Regolamento
interno in this site.
databases and electronic resources
and other electronic resources (repertoires, bibliographies, dictionaries, full-text,
etc.) can be viewed at Reference risorse digitali.
For the list of the available data-bases please click
Users can suggest the acquisition of particular
items by filling in a suggestion form at the URP.
The URP personnel passes it to the Acquisition
Office that evaluates whether the suggestion
can be accepted or not according to the general
acquisition policy of the library
to the Italian Law (l. 248/200 art. 2), no more than 15% of
the any item can be reproduced. Only when the book is rare
and out of print can it be reproduced beyond such limit, subject
to authorisation. Users can use photocopiers around the library,
after buying a pre-paid card at the Photocopy desk.
Here follows a list of the available cards
of the card (euro)
used cards are not reimbursed.
The photocopy request form, in two copies and authorised by
the appointed personnel at the Distribution desk or in each
section, should be handed in at the Photocopy desk.
Some items cannot be reproduced by photocopy, namely:
large format books, large format serials, illustrated
books that need to be protected from wear and tear
Cards are sold at the following hours
Mon. thr. Fri. 9.15-12.45
Mon. and Wed. 15.00-16.45
Photographs or other forms of reproduction - excluding
photocopying - can be made directly by the user,
subject to authorisation of the librarian in charge
of each section.
A motivated request must be produced to the librarian
in charge, specifying the use of the reproductions.
Reproduction made for publication is subject to
For more details and for the on-line request form
view the page Services
in the site