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Scientific Libraries

The Central Library, named after King Umberto I, is located in the sixteenth-century classrooms of the ancient complex of San Michele in Bosco, transformed into an orthopaedic hospital at the end of the nineteenth century.

Opening hours to the public

  • Monday 10am-4pm
  • Tuesday, Wedsnday, Thursday 10am-2.30pm
  • Friday 10am-1.30pm

Pay attention: during the summer period the library will be closed from 27/07 to 25/08/2024; will reopen on Monday 26 August.

Access to the Library "Umberto I"

The library is open to the public who wish to visit it during the hours listed above. No prior notice is required if the entrance is made by a maximum of two people at the same time, while a communication via email ( is required for an entrance of up to five people at a time, to be agreed with the library staff.

The staff is also available for doctors, medical students, students of parauniversity courses (physiotherapists, nursing staff, etc.) and all those who, under different aspects, carry out their research in the medical field.



The catalogue of periodicals can be viewed in paper version on site but it is possible to consult it online on the Italian Catalogue of Periodicals.

Monographs and essays


It is possible to consult monographs or essays belonging to the patrimony of the Library Umberto I through the request by author, title or subject, to be made directly on site by filling in the specific forms.


The loan of monographs only (not magazines) is granted to medical and paramedical staff.

Supply of copies of articles

  • For internal users: in case the requested article cannot be found through the databases made available on the Intranet of the Institute, the library meets the requests of internal users through the Nilde service. We therefore invite structured internal users to register on the Nildeworld website
  • For external users: The library does not directly provide a document delivery service to external users but satisfies the relevant requests through Nilde's interlibrary service. The external user, therefore, must request the article of his/her interest, if owned by the Rizzoli library, through a request to be made to a library of choice which is part of the Nilde circuit. The same library of the circuit will forward the request to our library.

Detail of the frescoes in the library