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Electronic resources


What is Summon?

Summon is a discovery system that allows you to do a single integrated search of the majority of bibliographical and full-text resources available in the Luiss Library and of other relevant, open source resources, as well as of the following institutional archives: LUISSearchLUISSThesis and Digital Library.

How can I access the Library catalog?

All of the Library's collections, both physical and digital, are searchable through Summon. Summon can also be reached from off campus.

How do I request a book?

Once you have found the book you are looking for, note its location and take if from the open shelves. If you would like to borrow the book, ask a librarian or use one of the self-check stations.

Where can I find information about journals owned by the Library?

You can consult the catalog of periodicals, where you will find information regarding the location, ownership and online access, if available.


How do I access the Library?

If you are an institutional user, you simply have to show your Luiss card.  If you don’t have it, you must show a valid identity card.

Can I access the Library after graduation?

Luiss alumni may access the Library and its services by obtaining an annual membership. For more information call 06.8522.5600.

I do not attend LUISS University.  Can I access the Library anyway?

External users can access the Library and consult materials located in Rome owned exclusively by Luiss. Special memberships are also available.

How many books can I consult? How many can I borrow?

There is no consultation limit for volumes on open shelves. Regarding loans, Luiss students, professors and Ph.D. candidates may borrow 10 books for 40 days; participants in special courses, external library members or members of the Luiss Alumni Association may borrow three books for 30 days.

Can I renew books I have borrowed?

Yes.  Books that have not been requested by another borrower can be renewed in person, by telephone (06.8522.5600), via email ( or through the My account section of Summon.

What can I do if the book I am looking for has been loaned?

By reserving a book that is on loan, you have the right to check it out as soon as it is returned.

Can I scan documents in the Library?

Documents can be scanned in accordance with current regulations and where it does not affect their preservation. Eleven self-service scanners are available in the Library.

Are services available for the visually impaired?

The Library offers visually impaired users computerized tools to ensure access to bibliographic information.

Electronic resources

Can I use the Library's electronic resources from an off-campus location?

Many of the electronic resources the Library subscribes to can be accessed off-campus through the University's remote access service.

Can I use the Library's electronic resources if I am an external user?

No, these resources are only available to the Luiss community.

What can I do if I have problems accessing the electronic resources?

Write to or call +39.06.8522.5602.

Can I save my research results? 

The results of research carried out in the Library can be saved on a USB key or sent to a Luiss email account.

Are there English language electronic resources?

The Library subscribes to a number of foreign electronic resources, both in English and in other languages such as French or Spanish. You can consult a complete list or browse the catalog of periodicals by language.