Access and services

Any temporary change is to be found in this page.


Anyone may gain access; undergraduates, postgraduates and teachers of Bologna University School of Law are given priority.

Please be mindful of others in the reading room.

Opening Hours

The Library of the Department of Statistical Sciences "Paolo Fortunati" opens from Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. till 6:30 p.m. 
Services will stop 15 minutes before the closing time.

The library is normally closed in August and during Christmas holidays: any information or changes are to be found in this web site.

Use of lockers

To ensure the safety and security of users, you can store bulky items in the lockers before entering the library (bags, backpacks, helmets, etc.). In order to receive a locker key you have to hand over your identity or University Card to the library counter until you leave, in any case within the closing time. At the moment it is an optional use. We are grateful for your cooperation.

Lending system

The library's lending system is computerised. Anybody who is registered in the local database may borrow books or ask to be registered by showing an ID (identity) card. Special collections and rare books, dissertations, periodicals and books published before 1959 are not for loan.

Other services offered by the library

Information and bibliographical research

The librarians are available to guide you through the library's services and will help you to consult the online catalogues. 

Interlibrary loan and document delivery

If an item you are looking for is not available in the library, it may be requested from other libraries worldwide, through the reciprocal scheme called interlibrary loan. We do not charge fees for the service, but lending libraries may.
Lending out to other participating libraries is also free of charge. 
Special collections and rare books, dissertations, periodicals and books published before 1959 are neither for loan nor for interlibrary loan. 

Suggestions for purchasing books or periodicals

It is possible to ask the librarian for new acquisitions, so long as the subject matter is pertinent to the disciplines the library is specialized in.


A copy machine is available within the library: you can use it by purchasing a card, the same kind used in most Bologna University libraries. Copyright law applies.

Online services

You can send in a request for a book from any computer by using the electronic catalogue. 
The library is among those which participate to the Ask the librarian service.
The library has joined ESSPER, a catalogue for searching Italian periodicals on Economy, Social Sciences and History.