Services Libraries

The University Library Center is divided into two central libraries - one for the Humanities and one for the Sciences – both located at the Fisciano campus. A third library, run by the Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, is located at the Baronissi campus.

Central Library “E. R. Caianiello”

The central library of the Fisciano campus features book collections pertaining to humanities, law and economics. It has more than 600 study desks – which students can partly reserve online – distributed among eighteen consultation rooms. These are all organized with the “open-shelf” system, which grants the user direct access to the books. In addition to computerized book lending on campus, the Center features interlibrary lending and document delivery services for the consultation of books and documents from other libraries, with the Fisciano library supplying the same service in turn. The reference service – also accessible via skype – provides information and advice on the use of the library, its catalogue and its paper and electronic resources. The documentation center provides assistance in specialized bibliographical research. They are both online and accessible by connecting to the Portal. The library has approximately 570,000 bibliographical items and over 4,000 paper periodicals (of which 1,500 current). Electronic information resources are in steady increase: the Library subscribes to a large number of databases related to various fields of study, and has access to approximately 14,000 periodicals online, mostly “full-text” and remotely accessible. The full catalogue, entirely computerized with Aleph 500, consists of 430,000 bibliographic records. It can be consulted via the web, from self-service workstations installed in the catalogue room, and mobile systems (iPhones, palmtops, etc.). The University Library Portal (link: Biblioteche on the University website) grants organized access to resources and documental services and features additional bibliographic research tools at a national and international level (OPAC, metaOPAC, digital collections, etc). A multimedia room equipped with 12 workstations is open to the public. Inside the Library is a European Documentation Center (CDE), which is part of a large network that aims, among other things, at providing public access to documents on the European Union and its policies. Finally, the Library has a large collection of old books (15th - 19th centuries), mostly consisting of the Ventimiglia Fund and the University’s purchases on the antique market. Historically and culturally interesting is also the Cuomo Fund, received through donation by the heirs of Salerno politician Giovanni Cuomo, founder (1944) of the “Istituto di Magistero Pareggiato”, which can be considered the first nucleus of Salerno University.

Science and Technology Library

The new facility, opened on May 3, 2013, has a total capacity of approximately 350,000 bibliographical units and features library funds already belonging to the libraries of the Faculties of Mathematical, Physical and Natural Sciences, and Engineering and Pharmacy. The entire corpus converges into the single University catalogue powered by Aleph 500, and is set according to the Dewey Decimal Classification (CDD). The workstations under development are 540 - over 100 bookable on line - distributed among 7 large consultation rooms. For the monitoring of book holdings and lending services, the Library uses RFID (Radio Frequency Identification). Additional services (orientation, reference, specialized documentation) are similar to those provided by Central Library "E. R. Caianiello".

Medicine Library (Baronissi Campus)

Inside the Baronissi campus is a third library specially dedicated to the research and teaching needs of the

Medicine and Surgery Department. Newly founded, the center features a few thousand textbooks and some newly acquired scientific journals, as well as private donations of historical interest. Particularly rich is the one donated by the heirs of Salerno surgeon Matteo Della Corte. The Library has numerous information resources, databases and periodicals, all available online. Lending and document delivery services are also active.