History

In 1966, when the Università Pro Deo was founded, the Library held about 20.000 volumes, gifts from friends of the University.

Biblioteca Luiss, 1988 In 1977, when Luiss Libera Università Internazionale degli Studi Sociali was founded, the Library's collections were curated according to the needs of the Departments of Economics and Political Science, and, starting in 1982, the newly founded Department of Law. The Library's offices were located on the ground floor of Villa Alberoni, the University's historic campus, while the stacks and reading room were located in the basement. Under the guidance of Guido Carli, the University invested in an electronic database using software and hardware from IBM. The avantgarde automation project regarded teaching, student services, accounting and library resources, leading to the creation of Stairs, a cataloging software for bibliographic material.

Biblioteca Luiss, 1988 In 1988, the Library was moved to its current location due to the growth of the Library's collection to 45,000 texts and the expansion of its services. On Via di Santa Costanza, the Library is now located next to one of Rome's most important ancient monuments, the Mausoleum of Santa Costanza, built in memory of Constantine's sister.

In 2000, the Library adopted the ILS Amicus, introducing the use of international standards to catalog the collection of 75,000 monographs and 1,200 periodicals.

In 2013, the Library introduced Summon, allowing users to simultaneously search the University's numerous electronic resources and archives.

Biblioteca Luiss, anni '90In 2018, following two years of intense renovations, the purchase of the entire ground floor of Cecilia Serlupi and a second external pavilion, the Library offers its users modern spaces, inspired by contemporary design, and highly technological services.

In 2018, the Library also introduced the Alma platform, becoming the third institution in the world to use it alongside Summon. 

The Library participates in numerous projects, including AIBACNPCLOCKSSESSPERIGeLUITALE and NILDE.