Founded in 1953, the library offers scholars a wealth of over 300,000 volumes and 2,300 periodicals that cover the entire breadth of religious sciences from a historical, exegetical and theological point of view. It is open from Monday to Friday (from 8:30 to 18:30) and provides direct access to a wide selection of first consultation and source works. In 1997, it was named after Giuseppe Dossetti, who instituted and designed its catalog. The acquisition of new works is determined by Foundation researchers during weekly meetings upon close examination of reviews and bibliographic recommendations.
After withdrawing from political life, Giuseppe Dossetti dedicated himself to intellectual and spiritual research with a group of peers and colleagues. He moved his books to Bologna, in via San Vitale 114, and began the enormous work of building a specialized library that would serve to satisfy the study objectives of that research group.