The Library

With the birth of the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University and its transfer to the DIBIT building, the library has become both more modern and more functional as far as space and services are concerned in order to support both teaching and research activities. Situated on the first floor of the DIBIT building, the library has a large and luminous consultation hall, posts for on-line research and, thanks to the so-called “open shelf” collocation, permits direct access to the material available to every user. There are 40,000 volumes of periodicals and over 400 active subscriptions. The monographic collection amounts to around 6,000 volumes.

As well as the traditional biomedical data banks (Medline, Embase, Healthstar; Cancerlit, etc.) the library has access to the data banks DATA STAR and PSYC-Info, which is the largest data bank in the field of psychology.

The library catalogue is on-line and can be reached from any terminal on the San Raffaele Hospital/University complex.


DIBIT 1 building

Via Olgettina 58, 20132 Milano

Opening times

The library is open from Monday to Friday from 9.00 to 19.00.

Access to the library

Access is also permitted to external readers upon permission given by the library following presentation of an ID card.

Library Facilities

  • Internal consultation

Consultation is free and can be carried out in a hall with 100 seats and 8 on-line research  posts.

The material may be photocopied, in keeping with the copyright laws in force

  • Loans

The loan service is exclusively for San Raffaele Hospital/University complex users and is active whenever the library is open

  • Courses for the recovery of bibliographic information

The library organises courses for Vita-Salute University students regarding the internet consultation of on-line library catalogues (OPAC) and data banks and also to optimise the use of the library and its facilities.