Local Services


Animal and Human Biology library in via Accademia Albertina has a reading room with 28 seats and 9 computer workstations (other 20 seats and another computer workstation are available on the ground floor from 9 a.m to 12 by showing identity card). Moreover, the historical section has one seat.


Plant Biology library in viale Mattioli has a reading room with 15 seats and 6 computer workstations. There are also other 10 seats in a smaller room. Distribution service is active till half an hour before closing. It is possible to consult no more than five volumes at a time.

The reproduction in photocopy form is allowed to the extent permitted by law.


Catalogue consultation

The catalogue http://unito-opac.cineca.it/SebinaOpac/Opac  is free on line from every available PC.



The service is offered by the library staff to users for bibliographical researches (on catalogues, data banks, electronic reviews and Internet web sites). It is possible to receive assistance for finding documents in the libraries and for specific subjects. In case of difficult research it may be necessary to make an appointment with the librarians.


Collections and archives

The holding of the library is catalogued in the University online catalogue and (especially old works) in index-card catalogue.


Consultation of ancient documents

 It is possible to consult ancient, rare and precious works with the prior consent of the librarians.  For photocopying service see the page http://b075-unito.prod.cineca.it/it/servizi/riproduzione.


Photocopies (self-service).

All users can access to the service. It is possible to photocopy the Library material for study reasons only and in conformity with the current copyright regulations (Law n.248/2000) http://www.camera.it/parlam/leggi/00248l.htm). Photocopies are not allowed for volumes in bad repair and for manuscripts and all the ancient, rare and precious material.


Digital copies

It is possible to require digital scans within 20 pages. Volumes in bad repair, manuscripts and all the ancient, rare and precious material are excluded.


Photographs (self-service)

It is possible to take photographs previous authorization of the library staff. The visitor has to fill in a form.  In case of publication, only for study and research purposes, it is necessary to report the following words:  “Volume belonging to the University of Studies of Turin - Life Systems and Biology Department - Library”. A free copy of the publication will be appreciated.


Internet Access - Network services

In the two libraries Wi-Fi service and several internet workstations are at disposal of the users. The service assures the access to the licensed electronic resources (electronic periodicals, e-books, data banks). Outside the University, the access is allowed, for institutional users only, through proxy service. See: http://www.unito.it/servizi/servizi-line/istruzioni-e-supporto. The libraries attend to the realization and updating of the web pages where the user can find information about services and organization of the libraries, advices, reports of activities, staff contacts, links to the OPAC and the electronic resources.

University Librarian Service (Servizio Bibliotecario di Ateneo – SBA) http://www.sba.unito.it  provides information about libraries, services and access to them, reference personnel and  projects.


Document Delivery

Document Delivery Service is performed through NILDE (Network Interlibrary Document Exchange). It is possible to obtain lacking documents from other libraries and vice versa. See: https://sites.google.com/site/nildeworld/strumenti-e-risorse/manuale). The service is free of charge for students and internal users.