The San Raffaele Library was constituted at the end of the 1970s, in concomitance with the San Raffaele Hospital (OSR), with the precise purpose of being a centre of scientific documentation. Its aim was, and still is, to provide OSR’s doctors/researchers with knowledge-based information. The Library grew by collecting scientific journals and by acquiring the most important biomedical databases.
The development of the Library’s local network started at the beginning of the 1990s, with the aim to create an online library for users working in the health and scientific area. The intranet pages of the Library and the increase of online journal subscriptions have determined a shift from the traditional route user-library-information retrieval, to library-information-workstation-user.
The Library, with the birth of the Vita-Salute University, moved to a new, modern site in DIBIT 1, and has been completely transformed as far as services and space are concerned in order to facilitate and assist both student and teacher study and research.
Spread over an entire floor, the library has a large and bright reading room with 136 seats for studying, 10 online research stations (3 of which for data elaboration). It has 40,000 volumes of periodicals and more than 5,000 active e-journal subscriptions. The monograph collection consists of more than 12,000 volumes and is in constant growth, parallel to the implementation of University courses. The users have direct access to material, thanks to the “open shelf” system.
The library is part of the SBBL Interlibrary Consortium (Lombardy biomedical library system), the first of its kind in Italy for large libraries in the biomedical field; morevoer it joins Bibliosan, a national consortium including 45 prestigious structures (IRCCS, Veterinary Institutes, National Institute of Health, Ispels) established by the Ministry of Health.

ACCESS TO THE LIBRARY
People from outside San Raffaele can have access to the library for research or professional reasons after receiving written authorization from the library management.

Biblioteca San Raffaele
c/o DIBIT
Via Olgettina, 58 – 20132 – Milano
Tel. 02/26432760 – Fax 02/26432761
biblioteca@hsr.it

The library will be closed

from August 14 to August 18 2017 

Reduced hours

from August 1 to September 8 2017:
9.00-17.30

On Friday August 11 2017 the Library will close at 14.00

 

HOURS
Monday – Friday
8.45-19.00 (the Library services end at 18.45)

STAFF

 

Dr. Laura Tei Chief Librarian 02/26432775 tei.laura@hsr.it
Dr. Diego Maria Bertini Reference 02/26437131 bertini.diego@hsr.it
Ms. Marinella Samarati Acquisitions, periodicals, electronic resources 02/26433098 samarati.maria@hsr.it
Dr. Silvia Sangalli Cataloguing 02/26432760 sangalli.silvia@hsr.it
Mr. Francesco Curci Document delivery 02/26433053 curci.francesco@hsr.it
Ms. Elena Maria Ponzi Loans, Document delivery 02/26433053 ponzi.elenamaria@hsr.it

 

(the Library services end at 18.45)

San Raffaele Library makes sure that all its material is available to its users.
Its main objective is to consolidate its services to help its users in their professional and study activities.

USERS
Those with the right to use the library are: OSR physicians, researchers, nurses, physiotherapists and employees, Vita-Salute University students, faculty members and employees. Access is given also to post-graduate students, PhD students, clinical residents, OSR or UniSR contract holders (with formal request by their Head of unit).
People from outside San Raffaele can have access to the library for research or for professional reasons after receiving written authorization from the library management.

OPENING HOURS

9.00-17.30
August 1 – September 2

The Library will be closed from August 15 until August 19

Monday-Friday 8.45-19.00
August and Christmas Holidays 9.00-17.30
Access to the study space Monday-Friday 8.45-19.00
Consultation Monday-Friday 8.45-18.45
Loans Monday-Friday 8.45-18.30
References Monday-Friday 9.30-16.30
Photocopies Monday-Friday 8.45-18.30

Loans during week-ends

Borrowing Friday 17.00-18.30
Returns Monday 9.00-11.00

Pre-holidays loans
Journal issues and exam texts’ copies can be borrowed after 5 pm of a pre-holiday, and have to be handed in by 11 am of the following working day.

Any changes are communicated on the library notice board, at reception and on the Intranet site.
Any interruption or failure of the online services are communicated by email and on the OSR intranet site.

REGISTRATION

Users must register and get a User code in order to have access to the borrowing and document delivery services.
Registration can be requested online by filling in and sending the form found on the Library Intranet, or can be requested personally. In the first case the code is sent by email and in the second, registration is carried out immediately.
OSR or UniSR contract holders, PhD students, post-graduate scholarship owners, interns and clinical residents must present a formal request signed by their head of unit.

ON-SITE CONSULTATION

Consultation is free. Before entering the Study area, the user has to leave any bag or backpack in the supplied lockers and has to fill in the entrance register.
There are 136 seats for studying, 10 seats for on-line research, 3 of which allow elaboration and the saving and printing of data. To use these places, a specific register must be filled in.
All the Library books and printed journals can be found in the Library’s electronic catalogue that is available on the  Library intranet site and on the University website. The user has direct access to the material on the shelves, which has to then be placed on the appropriate trolley at the end of consultation.
The material has to be put back in place by 18:45. Whosoever should damage any material will be held responsible and charged.

THESIS CONSULTATION

Vita-Salute San Raffaele graduating students can consult the Theses/Dissertations of other UniSR graduated students that are available in the library. These cannot be taken away from the Library nor can they be photocopied and printed.
Consultation of no more than 3 theses can be requested at one time unless there is the author’s consent and the authorization of the applicant’s Relator.
The consultation request lasts 2 days beginning from the first consultation.
Students must obtain request, permission and indications on the dissertations to consult from their Relator. Both forms are available on the Library intranet pages and once filled out must be handed in to the Library.

THE LENDING SERVICE

Borrowing books is confidential. Information on who is borrowing what will not be disclosed.
In order to borrow books, the user must be registered with the library.
Students can borrow a maximum of 2 works at the same time for a period of 2 weeks. Graduating students and other users can borrow 3 works for 4 weeks. The second copy of the exam texts can be borrowed for a week only.
Home delivery is available only for paper material with the exception of: journals, dictionaries, encyclopedias, general knowledge reference books (bibliographies, catalogues, repertoires, print reviews, reports etc.), Degree theses, exam texts’ copies, rare books, works printed before 1900, CD ROMs.

USER RESPONSIBILITIES

he user is personally responsible for taking perfect care of the material: if lost damaged, the user will be charged by the Library and will have either to buy a new copy of the material or else reimburse the amount for a new copy to the Library. Any delay in the return of material will imply being excluded from borrowing books for a certain period, which is calculated as follows:

  • the first week, for a certain number of days of delay, same number of days of exclusion;
  • the second week, for a certain number of days of delay, double the number of days of exclusion, and so on.

Should delayed returns continue, the Library may decide to take more serious measures.

WEEKEND, PRE-HOLIDAYS LOAN

Journal issues and exam texts’ copies can be borrowed after 5 pm of a pre-holiday, and have to be handed in by 11 am of the following working day.

RENEWAL

The loan can be renewed once only, if at the deadline:

  • The book has not been requested or reserved
  • The reader is not late in returning the books

The renewal must be done personally and at the library, not before 3 days from the return date.

BOOKING

The user can personally reserve borrowed material. The book, when returned, is kept aside for retrieval for 2 days; after this period, if the material is not retrieved, it will be available to other users.

ELECTRONIC RESOURCES CONSULTATION

More than 5000 e-journals and the most important biomedical databases are available via Intranet from any workstation inside San Raffaele Institute buildings.
The Library offers personalized assistance for the use of electronic resources.

REFERENCE

The Reference service offers guidance in optimizing the use of the Library’s electronic resources: catalogue, databases, bibliographies.
The reference service is on appointment only.

COURSES FOR THE RECOVERY OF BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

The Library organises on demand courses on the use of the library on-line catalogues (OPAC), the consultation of databases, and on optimising the use of the library and its tools. These courses are for OSR/UniSR users and can held in the wards or in the research units.

DOCUMENT DELIVERY

The Document delivery service is available to OSR/UniSR patrons for obtaining papers not possessed by the Library. The library asks other national and international libraries for these copies both in paper and in electronic format, if possible, and delivers them after 48 hours.
In the event of delay, the user is informed immediately.
Up to 5 requests per week per user are accepted. If an article is available from a library that demands payment then this fee will be requested of the user if he/she wishes to pursue the document request through a Supply Request for expenses reimbursement. Cash reimbursements are not accepted.
The Request can be made using the form on the Library Intranet site.

ACCESS TO THE INTRANET RESOURCES OF THE LIBRARY FROM OUTSIDE SAN RAFFAELE

This service allows access to all resources and intranet services of the Library, 24 hours a day from any personal computer or Mac, from outside the San Raffaele complex through connection to a proxy server.
To have access to the service you must:

  • Have an OSR or UniSR e-mail address
  • Be a registered user of the Library
  • Request a password and instructions for the connection.

For those who possess a contract with OSR or UniSR, PhD Students or a post-graduate scholarship, for trainees and for OSR interns a formal request signed by the Head of Unit is required.
Undergraduate students have not access to this service; students preparing theses can access the service by producing a formal request signed by their Relator Professor.
The necessary forms can be found on the Library Intranet site.

Telephone assistance can be obtained in order to set up the connection.

THE PHOTO-REPRODUCTION SERVICE

The photo-reproduction service is appointed to an external agency.
The library has 2 photocopying machines and an automatic distributer of badges.
Photocopies are made and paid for by the user and are subject to the laws regarding the protection of the author and of intellectual property, indicated on the board near the photocopying machines.

The San Raffaele Library is at the service of the San Raffaele Scientific Institute and of the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele.

ACCESS TO THE LIBRARY
Opening times are shown at the Library entrance and at reception. They can also be consulted on the Library Intranet site and on the University web site. The Library is closed in the mid-August week. In August and during Christmas holidays the Library has reduced hours. Any changes are communicated with notices in the library entrance, in the receptions and on the Intranet site.
For access to the Library services (e.g. loans, document delivery, etc.), users must register and get their personal user code.

USERS
HSR physicians, researchers, nurses, physiotherapists and employees, Vita-Salute University students, faculty members and employees have the right to use the library. Access is given also to post-graduate students, PhD students, Specialty students, OSR or UniSR contract holders (with formal request signed by Head of unit).
People from outside San Raffaele can have access to the library for research or for professional updating after receiving written authorization from the library management.

AVAILABLE RESOURCES
The Library collection includes books, journals, and the D’Agostino Fund: 500 volumes, both old and new, and of about 7000 ancient documents on plague, smallpox and cholera: health certificates, health permits, decrees, official and private letters, lazaretto maps. The Library’s on-line catalogue (OPAC) allows searches for this material both on the Library Intranet site and on the University web site.
Since the late ‘90s the Library has acquired the most important electronic resources: biomedical on-line databases and journal subscriptions.
The Library provides computers for the consultation of the OPAC and of the Library’s electronic resources.

BEHAVIOUR POLICIES
The Library guarantees the continuity of its services and the support of its staff to all users.
All users of the Library and its services have to follow Library regulations. Users are particularly required to follow a number of behaviour policies, whose objective is to provide a comfortable environment for study and to preserve the book collection in good condition for the benefit of all users.
The Library is a non-smoking area.

In the Study area it is forbidden:

  • To bring in bags, backpacks, etc. (they must be left in the provided cabinets);
  • To perform non-study-related activities (e.g. eating, playing, etc.);
  • To occupy seats for non-Library-related activities;
  • To use cell phones;
  • To raise your voice or to listen to radios or other audio devices;
  • To occupy more than one seat;
  • To occupy a seat with books and/or other personal belongings and go outside the Library for more than 15 minutes, otherwise other Library users can take that seat;
  • To destroy or damage Library materials, equipment or facilities;
  • To use books in groups;
  • To underline, write in & highlight books, or to deface them in any other way;
  • To disturb the quiet of the study space;
  • To complain with Library staff members;
  • To displace or misuse chairs and tables;
  • To propagandize (be it political, religious, commercial propaganda, etc.);
  • To occupy a cabinet without being present in the Library;
  • To take Library materials out of the Library without a regular loan.

The Library staff will request users exhibiting loud or disruptive behaviour to leave the study space.
Library users can use their own laptops as long as they do not disturb neighbouring users.
Book theft and disruptive or illegal behavior may result in temporary suspension or permanent revocation of library privileges. Persistent offenders risk to be remanded to the appropriate academic authorities.

SERVICES

 

IN SITE CONSULTATION
Before entering the Study area, the user has to leave in the cabinets any bag or backpack, has to fill in the entrance register. Books and journals can only be consulted in the Library Study area.
The user has direct access to the material on the shelves, which has to be placed on the appropriate trolley at the end of the consultation. The material has to be put back in place by 18:45. Anyone that damages the material will be held responsible and charged.

In order to consult books or documents of the D’Agostino Fund users must address the Chief Librarian.

THESIS CONSULTATION
Vita-Salute San Raffaele graduating students can consult the Theses/Dissertations of other UniSR graduated students that have been deposited in the library. Theses cannot be taken away from the Library nor can they be photocopied or printed.
Consultation of no more than 3 theses can be requested at one time unless there is the author’s consent and the authorization of the applicant’s Relator.
The consultation request lasts 2 days beginning from the first consultation.

LOANS
Information on who is borrowing is private and will not be disclosed to anyone.
In order to be allowed to borrow books, the user must be registered with the library.
All details on the lending service can be found in the carta dei servizi.

LOAN LIMITATIONS CONCERNING CERTAIN TYPES OF DOCUMENT
Home delivery is available only for paper material, with the exception of journals, dictionaries, encyclopedias, general knowledge reference books (bibliographies, catalogues, repertoires, print reviews, reports etc.), Degree theses, exam text copies, rare books and ancient documents, works printed before 1900, CD ROMs.

Weekend, pre-holidays loans
Journal issues and exam text copies can be borrowed after 5 pm of a pre-holiday and have to be handed in by 11 am of the following working day.

RENEWALS
The loan can be renewed once only, if at the deadline:

  • The book has not been requested for or reserved by others.
  • The reader is not late in returning the books.

The renewal must be done personally and at the library, not before 3 days from the return date. The book must be brought to the Library to carry out the renewal.


RESERVATIONS
The user can personally reserve borrowed material. The book, when returned, is kept aside for the applicant’s retrieval for 2 days; after this period, if the book is not retrieved, it will be available for whomever requests it.


USER RESPONSIBILITIES
The borrowing user is personally responsible for taking perfect care of the material: if lost or damaged the user will be charged by the Library and will have either to re-purchase the material or reimburse the amount of a new copy to the Library. If the book is no longer in print, the user will be charged for the cost spent by the Library to acquire a substitute copy on the antiquarian market or a reproduction using a different support platform.

Any delay in the return of material will imply being excluded from borrowing books for a certain period, which is calculated as follows:

  • the first week, for a certain number of days of delay, same number of days of exclusion;
  • the second week, for a certain number of days of delay, double the number of days of exclusion, and so on.

In the case of continuous late returning of books, the Library may decide to apply different measures.

DOCUMENT DELIVERY
The Document delivery service is available to OSR/UniSR patrons to obtain papers not possessed by the Library.
Prior to requesting a paper, users must make sure of the actual unavailability of the paper itself
The Document delivery service is restricted to OSR and UniSR patrons only and to healthcare professionals coming from hospitals in Lombardy. It is free of charge.
Up to 5 requests per week per user are accepted.
If an article is available from one library, which demands payment, the user will be asked whether he/she wants to continue with the document request with a Supply Request for expenses’ reimbursement. After one week, if the user has not confirmed the request it will be cancelled.
Reimbursements by cash are not accepted.


ELECTRONIC RESOURCES CONSULTATION
Library users can get access to the available electronic resources (e-journals, biomedical databases, e-books) from any workstation inside the San Raffaele Institute and from their own laptops via the Intranet.
The Library offers personalized assistance for the use of electronic resources.


REFERENCE
The Library offers assistance in optimizing the use of the Library resources and tools.
For the Reference service an appointment is requested.


THE PHOTOREPRODUCTION SERVICE
The photo-reproduction service is appointed to an external agency.
The library has 2 photocopying machines and an automatic distributer of badges.
The photocopies are made and paid for by the user and are subject to the laws on author protection and of intellectual property, indicated on the notice board near the photocopying machines.

OPAC (Online Public Access Catalogue)

The new version of the Library’s on-line catalogue (OPAC) enables research in a database of approximately 12,000 bibliographic records, including monographies, journals and electronic resources.
There is a single catalogue for the Biomedical Library and the Philosophy Library. By using the filter “Biblioteca” you can select the catalogue section you wish to consult.
Data non-homogeneity is due to the transfer over time of the bibliographic registrations, made using different standards and procedures.
The descriptive cataloguing follows international (ISBD) and national (RICA) standards, while the semantic cataloguing (indexing per topic) follows the Florence Subject Index.
The classification (disciplinary indexing) follows the DEWEY decimal classification and the National Library of Medicine system.

Research is not case sensitive.

Insert an asterisk (*) for every shortened word.
Ex.: Am* jour* gastr*
or: mol* biol* cell

The following links will open a new window:

General Catalogue   Monographs
Periodicals   eJournals
The full set of our services and resources are available on the Library Intranet site
(OSR/UniSR users only)

During recent years the Library has received three important donations: the D’Agostino Fund, the  Reale Fund  and the  Emo Fund.

fanciullacolerosasmall2_1 The D’Agostino Fund consists of the catalogue, donated by prof. Andrea D’Agostino, of 500 volumes, both old and new, and of about 7000 ancient documents on the plague, smallpox, cholera: health certificates, health permits, decrees, official and private letters, lazaretto maps.
The volumes can be found in the electronic catalogue of the Library. It is also possible to download the catalogue in PDF format.
Documents are registered in a separate database:
Document collection
athens_small2_1 The Reale Fund consists of the collection donated by prof. Giovanni Reale: 2000 volumes on ancient philosophy and on patristics, with particular reference to the studies on Plato and Platonism.
The volumes can be found in the electronic catalogue of the Library. It is also possible to download the catalogue in PDF format:
vol. 1 (F. Reale from 1 to 775).
vol. 2 (F. Reale from 776 to 1229).
 athens_small3 The Emo fund consists in the private library of the Count Andrea Emo, passionate about Philosophy and author of many works such as Quaderni di metafisica, recently published in the collection “Il pensiero occidentale”. The fund was donated in 2004 and consists of about 7000 volumes and 122 journals on literary and philosophical subjects. The value of the fund, apart from its completeness, is due to the presence of many first editions, in particular of works of the major Italian philosophers of the first years of the 19th century. These volumes can be found in a separate database.
The Emo books database