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Finding material

The Library has opted for an open-shelf system, which enables users to find their way among the library's holdings without assistance.
Different types of documents are on different floors:
- books are on floor I;
- journals are on floor -I.

The Library also has closed stacks (with books and journals) on floor -I.

What you can find on each floor

On floor I you can find:
- biology, chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics and computer science books, arranged according to the DDC;
- CD-ROMs and DVDs;
- new acquisitions on display.

On floor -I you can find:
- current biology, chemistry, physics, geology, mathematics and computer science journals, arranged by title in alphabetical order;
- back volumes of biology, chemistry, physics, geology, and mathematics journals, arranged by title in alphabetical order;
- CeDRA (Information Center for Airport Noise) journals;
- closed stacks, with journals (interrupted subscriptions and ceased publications), books published before 1971 and some computer science books.

Map of floor I
Map of floor -I
Shelving Criteria for Books and Journals

Journals in open shelves are subdivided between current and past an arranged in alphabetical order.

If a journal is kept in open shelves, the “Fondo” column in the OPAC will say “Sala periodici"; if it is kept in the stacks,  it will say “Magazzino [Piano -1]".
In this case, please note down the alphanumeric code in the “Collocazione” column, and ask library staff to retrieve it for you.

CeDRA journals are on the shelf on the right to the entrance.

Books are all arranged by subject according to Dewey's Decimal Classification, the most used classification system in the world.
The shelfmark is made up of figures (each figure corresponding to a definite topic within a subject), of letters (standing for author and title) and of the publication year.
To search the shelves, you must follow first the arithmetical order and then the alphabetical order. Please remember that figures must be read as decimal numbers; books are arranged in growing order, from left to right and from top to bottom.
For instance, books on a shelf will be arranged in the following order: 342, 342.015, 342.01568372, 342.1294.

To consult or borrow books in closed stacks, please write down the shelfmark and ask library staff.

Autonomous works on CD-ROM and DVD (recognizable by the expression [risorsa elettronica] which follows the title in the OPAC) are kept in special covers with a magnetic lock and shelved with books.
CD-ROMs attached to books are kept in a dedicated cabinet.
In both cases, for consultation and borrowing, please ask the Loans Desk.

For further information you can ask the library staff, especially the aide students, who can be recognised by their name badge.

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