The Library's holdings consist of various thematic collections specialized in social sciences. The items are placed on open shelves by subject according to semantic classification (Dewey Decimal Classification). Lending policies vary according to the specific collections as indicated by the Discovery in the bibliographic record.
Holds the core collection of the Library with over 20,000 books, the collection of Course Reserves, and general reference works.
Departmental rooms (Economics, Law, Political Science)
Provides on open shelves the new acquisitions of the Library on specific subjects.
In addition, some thematic collections are available in the Political Science Room:
- Art Collection: the selection is available on the open shelf for internal consultation only, and provides the most interesting titles in art, architecture and design.
- The Marcello Tita Collection: the collection is dedicated to the theme of friendship in memory of former Luiss student Marcello Tita, who passed away prematurely. The items, placed on open shelves, are available for internal consultation and on loan.
The Library holds some special collections on closed shelves and makes them available for internal consultation only.
In 1992, the Bachelet family donated the private law library of Vittorio Bachelet, one of Luiss University's first professors (1969-1974), to the Luiss Research Center on Public Administrations. The collection of 1,871 volumes is focused on administrative and public law.
In 1999, part of the private library of Professor Paolo Ungari was donated to the Luiss Library. The collection of 6,681 volumes is specialized in the field of law, especially on human rights and the history of law, political history, and the history of institutions.
In 2000, the Luiss Library was given Senator Francesco Pujia's private library. The collection is made up of 913 volumes on law, especially criminal law. An important section includes volumes and pamphlets on criminal (1930-31) and civil (1942) Fascist law.
In 2022, the Library received part of Professor Marcello Foschini's library. Professor Foschini was Luiss Rector from June 16, 2005 to September 30, 2006 and full professor of Commercial Law at Luiss Faculty of Law since 1970. The collection of 1,300 books consists mainly of monographs on commercial law, corporate law and public law.
The collection is currently being cataloged.
On June, 15th 2018, Luiss, Renmin University of China and The State Council Information Office of the People’s Republic of China signed a Trilateral agreement for the creation of the Chinese Library.
Furnished with typical Chinese elements, the Chinese Library is located in the Political Science Room given the topics of the books already available in this room: History, Politics, Philosophy and International relations. The initiative has the objective of creating a cultural center for the promotion and development of multilateral relations.
More specifically, the goals are:
- To promote and facilitate intercultural exchange between China and Italy encouraging dialogue, spreading knowledge, and fostering integration between the Luiss Community and the Asian world.
- To create a physical place to promote the cultural connection between the two Countries.
- To develop a print and digital collection which will support both research and cultural activities.
The print and the digital collections have been selected in line with the following topics: Culture and Art, Literature, Language, and Social Sciences.
The databases CNKI - 中国知网 (China National Knowledge Infrastructure) and Database of China Trial Cases are also available.
The collection is located in the Periodicals Room of the Main Library.
Items are sorted alphabetically by title (almost 600 are current) and available on open shelves for internal consultation only in the Room to which they belong.
Periodicals are not loanable.