The Library's development, aimed at constantly increasing the efficiency, number and quality of services, takes different forms:
- Print collections development: purchasing books, journals etc. retrospective cataloguing (book funds, periodicals, etc.) and special funds management (theses, VHS, personals funds, etc.);
- Electronic development: developing electronic resources, in order to give our users constantly updated, cutting-edge resources, and to meet the needs of remote users;
- Technological development: rationalizing the computer infrastructure and testing new acquisition and processing techniques for print and non-print documents;
- Services development, both aimed at patrons and at book material processing;
- Training development: holding research and information literacy classes for our users and organizing Library staff training and continuing education.
The Library tends towards a costant improvement through participation in cutting edge projects and a readyness to experiment.
Here you can find a list of recent projects, which show our Library's attention towards its users and its open approach to the outside world:
- periodical customer satisfaction surveys, carried out with qualitative and quantitative methods, to improve services and communication;
- continuing research-action activities with aide-students, aimed at improving management/ internal communication and services/ external communication;
- active participation in GIM working group (Inter-University Monitoring Group);
- publication, promotion and free distribution of A Guide to the University Library and brochures on our services;
- support to IFLA @ your library® international campaign, promoted by the Associazione Italiana Biblioteche (Italian libraries' association) with the slogan "Cresci insieme @lla tua biblioteca" (Grow up with your library), published on our Guide to the University Library;
- rebuilding the Library website and creating the Links and search tools portal;
- drafting a two-year training plan for library staff;
- boosting user education;
- enhancing the Digital Library portal
In the past, the University of Milan and the University of Insubria (located in Como and Varese) signed mutual agreements for library services with our University, which are still valid today; with University of Insubria's Library our Library also shares the electronic catalogue (OPAC).