Regulations and policies


  1. Students must deposit their belongings such as bags and coats at the front desk and provide a proof of ID or the library card received upon registration. The library card must be visible at all times and entitles the student to a seat in the reading hall and to the right to access the works in the consultation halls. At least 15 minutes prior to closing, everyone must go to the front desk.
  2. Requests for volumes and journals, for a maximum of 5 documents at a time and 15 per day, must be made directly to the desk by 9:30 am, 11:30 am, 2:30 pm, 4:30 pm, unless otherwise specified by the staff; alternatively, you can send your requests to
  3. University professors, researchers, PhD students, undergraduates and scholars who are carrying out important and long-term research may submit a written request to the Director of the Library in order to obtain free access to the library’s deposits (except for those of the newspaper and periodicals library).
  4. Students may store a maximum of 5 works in a designated space for future visits. Following their final use, these must be returned to the library front desk and should not be relocated in their original position.
  5. All volumes will be periodically organized following an internal organizational schedule.
  6. All documents marked as “per sola consultazione interna” can only be used within the library and cannot be borrowed.
  7. Smoking is forbidden on all library premises including the garden.
  8. Drinks, food and animals (with the exemption of service animals) are not allowed in the library. In addition, silence and appropriate clothing is requested.
  9. It is forbidden to leave unattended belongings on all library premises including the garden.
  10. If these rules and regulations are not respected, the library reserves the right to immediately remove the perpetrators from both the library and the other premises of FSCIRE.


Admission to the library is permitted to students aged 18+ and who are either enrolled or intend to enrol in the Bologna Library System, to which the library refers. Upon subscribing, students give their consent to the rules and regulations of both the Bologna Library System and to those described herein. With this subscription, students give consent to the use of their personal data according to the UE 2016/679 law, acknowledge the health and safety guidelines and declare themselves aware of the emergency procedures, use of alarms and emergency exits. In addition, the students acknowledge that the library is not liable for the safekeeping of valuables of any kind within its premises and recognize the library’s right to deny access to intruders, those who pose a threat, damage or destroy the library’s heritage and to those who violate the library regulations.


The consultation area
Reference works, such as lexicons, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, bibliographies and large collections, are available in the ground-floor rooms and in the loggia. Scholars can take the reference volumes to their desks, leaving in their place the duly completed request forms. At the end of the day, each volume/document must be returned to its place or, in case of uncertainty, delivered to the desk for relocation by the staff.

The book deposits
The library’s works are stored along the corridors and in some of the rooms on the ground- and first-floors. Scholars are required to stay there only for the time necessary to find the volumes, not to carry bags, laptops or other equipment with them and always to leave, in place of each volume, the duly completed request form. Failure to comply with these rules will result in the immediate revocation of permission to access the library deposits. Readers undertake to preserve the material taken or obtained for consultation properly. Any user who causes damage to documents must immediately repurchase or refund the market value of the damaged document, which remains the property of the library. The same conditions apply to lost or stolen library items.

Filling out the request form for direct collection of volumes
The form is divided into 3 parts:

The library staff provides a free information service to the public, offering bibliographical advice and assistance in consulting the printed and online catalogs also of other libraries. They provide information on the databases which they make available to the public and assist in the use of the library’s databases and information and communication tools effectively. If the information cannot be found in the library, the staff provides information on other institutions that might fulfil the request and verifies with the user the outcome of the request. Bibliographical information and assistance to the public is provided throughout the opening hours of the library.

The wireless Internet access service is an integral part of the resources made available at the library. The use of the Internet must comply with the purposes of research, study and documentation. The service is free of charge and is accessible to all library members, in accordance with the laws in force. It is possible to browse, consult and download files, read and send emails. It is not possible to activate telnet, FTP, IRC sessions, connect to social networks, chat, or make phone calls via the Internet. The library’s computers may not be used to enter data or programs; to carry out operations that affect or compromise the regular operation of the network or limit its use and performance; to alter, remove or damage software and hardware applications and configurations; to download non-freeware software. The staff offers basic assistance on the main commands for browsing and for carrying out bibliographical research.

Within the limits established by the Italian law and by the European directives on copyright 22.04.1941, n. 633 and successive modifications and integrations, the service of reproduction of documents is active. It is possible to photocopy for personal and study use 15% of the pages of a monograph or a periodical; reproductions from newspapers, books published before 1831, rare and valuable books, works in a precarious state of preservation are, however, allowed only by means of digital cameras. The library is not responsible for any violations of the laws in force committed by readers.

Document Delivery
The Document Delivery service is provided to obtain the reproduction of parts of works (max 100 reproductions), in compliance with the regulations in force regarding copyright, and is supplied both to libraries and to individuals, even if they reside outside the national territory. The service is provided within one week from the request and is suspended during the periods when the library is closed. Requests must be sent to the email address

New acquisitions and purchase suggestions
You may suggest the purchase of volumes by emailing your requests to Documents suggested by readers are purchased in accordance with the nature of the collections, the library’s purposes and available funds.

Complaints and suggestions
Scholars may report any inefficiencies or suggestions for improving the services provided. Complaints and suggestions may be forwarded to

The library accepts donations from private citizens, institutions and associations. The donor must provide a list of proposed titles. If you wish to donate periodicals, please list the years and their possible completeness. The library will evaluate the coherence of the material offered with its nature and aims. If the library is not interested in acquiring the material, it will guide the donor towards other institutions in the area deemed more suitable to receive such donations.

Fostering reading, exhibitions and cultural activities
The library promotes the knowledge of religious sciences, especially those related to the history and doctrines of Islam, both at the historical level and at the philological and exegetical level, through public initiatives: conferences; seminars; book presentations; exhibitions.

Groups of scholars, local organizations and associations may propose cultural initiatives, of public interest and non-profit, related to historical-religious disciplines and consistent with the institutional aims of the library. In this case, the library reserves the right to give a reasoned reply within thirty days.

The spaces intended for user access are free of architectural barriers.

To view the information on the processing of user data, follow this link.