The library will be closed from 25 to 29 october. We apologise for the inconvenience.

According to DL 22/04/2021, DL 23/07/2021, n. 105, to the recent regional ordinances, and following the guidelines of the University of Bologna, the Zeri Library is open by reservation only.

The following rules apply:

  • Opening days:  from Monday to Friday
  • Opening hours: from 10 am to 4 pm
  • Access by reservation only: 
  • At the entrance will be required to show the Green Pass
  • Maximum number of stations: 16
  • For consultation of the Photo Archive (only from Monday to Thursday) please write to
  • Telephone reservations are not allowed
  • If you are unable to attend on the day booked, please cancel the appointment. In cases of repeated absences without cancellation you will not be able to book for a period of 15 days.


Acces rules

Those coming into the library must observe the Safety Protocol to combat and contain the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

It is expressly forbidden to enter the library in the following cases:

a) if one is positive for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID+);

b) if the health authorities reopen quarantine;

c) if one has a temperature (over 37.5 °C);

d) if one has other flu symptoms;

e) if during the previous 14 days one has wittingly had contact with persons positive to the virus.

The proper mask must be worn (not supplied by the library) and it is recommended to keep the interpersonal distance of at least 1 meter.

The library will provide sterilising gel.

The routes from the entrance to the information desk will be clearly marked.

Upon arrival, users are required to sanitize their workstations with the products made available by the library.

One may bring in small bags and backpacks, which must be deposited where the staff indicate (lockers may not be used).


How to use the library

The reading room is restricted to 16 places, duly separated.

One helps oneself to books on open shelving, and leaves them on the special trolley after use.

Volumes from restricted sections may be asked for upon arrival.

Photographic material must be left on the table where one has consulted it. 

  • ICT stations: reading room ICT stations may be used, but hands must first be sterilised.
  • Reproduction: use of the photocopier/scanner is not allowed, but with one’s own means one may copy up to 15% of any volumes consulted.