The Library was opened in 2002 to assist students and Faculty members of the new Faculty of Philosophy with their studies and research.
The monographic collection, with more than 13000 volumes, comprises classical philosophical texts – from the origins up to today – mostly in the original language, with particular attention being paid to updates in critical literature and manuals.

The Library also has an important bioethical and applied ethics fund, which was originally collected and developed by the Ethics Committee of San Raffaele Hospital; it the first of its kind in Italy. It is constantly updated.

There are subscriptions to more than 50 Philosophy journals, the most important at national and International level, both electronic and in printed versions, permitting constant awareness of the most recent contemporary discussions.

The online catalogue is available on the Library Intranet site and on the Università Vita-Salute website. There is a single catalogue for the Philosophy Library and the Biomedical Library. By using the filter “Biblioteca” you can select the desired catalogue section.

In recent years the Library has received two important donations: the Reale fund and the Emo fund.

The Emo fund, which is the private library of Count Andrea Emo, a passionate Philosopher 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 writings of the major Italian philosophers of the first years of the 19th century. The volumes can be found in a separate database.

The Reale Fund, donated by Prof. Giovanni Reale, Professor of History of Ancient Philosophy, consists in 2300 original philosophical works and critical studies on ancient philosophy and Patristics. This fund is an important extension to the bibliographic collection of the Library with reference to both classical Greek philosophy and the origins of Christian Philosophy, and with a strong focus on the studies on Plato and Platonism. The volumes can be found in the electronic catalogue of the Library.

HOW TO FIND US
Library of philosophy
Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele
c/o DIBIT
Via Olgettina, 58 – 20132 – Milano
Tel. 02/26432760 – Fax 02/26432761
bibliofilosofia@unisr.it

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

 

REDUCED OPENING TIMES
August 1st – 31st and Christmas holidays:
Monday – Friday
9.00-17.30

 

STAFF
Dr. Laura Tei – Chief Librarian 02 26432775
Dr. Fabrizio Raffa – Librarian 02 26433527
Mrs. Paola Seveso – Assistant Librarian 02 26432760

 

Monday – Friday
8.45-19.00
(the Library services end at 17.15)

REDUCED OPENING TIMES
August 1st – 31st and Christmas holidays:
Monday – Friday
9.00-17.30

 

SERVICES
ACCESS TO THE LIBRARY

People from outside San Raffaele can have access to the library for research or professional reasons with written authorization from the library management.


CONSULTATION
Consultation is free.
Open Shelf placement allows direct access to books and journals.


PHOTOCOPIES
The material can be photocopied with a self-service photocopying machine.


BORROWING BOOKS
This service is permitted only to University members. Books can be borrowed during the opening hours of the Library.
Library patrons can borrow a maximum of 2 works at the same time for a period of 4 weeks.

BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION CONSULTATION COURSES
The Library organizes courses for Internet Consultation of the library’s online catalogues (OPAC), database searches and library tools.

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