Library

About the Library

The Library of the Pontifical Oriental Institute specializes in Ecclesiastical History, Theology, Patristics, Spirituality, Hagiography, Liturgy, Eastern Canon Law, and Eastern Christian Art.
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The Library also has important collections in related disciplines pertaining to peoples and countries of the Christian East, the Byzantine-Slavic world, the Balkans, the Near and Middle East, including the history,  languages and literatures of these countries, archeology, civil law, non-Christian religions (Judaism and Islam) and, finally, a section on ecumenism.

Hours

Monday to Friday

8:30AM – 6:00PM

 

Saturday

8:30AM – 12:00PM

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The library is closed during the summer months, Christmas, religious, and civil holidays. Exact dates are notified by email – join the mailing list.

Accessing the Library

Requirements

Access to the Library is permitted to:

  • Students regularly enrolled in the Institute (with ID card, issued by the Secretariat);
  • Students of other Pontifical universities, institutes and academies (with ID card issued by their institutes);
  • Students and graduate students of State universities (with a cover letter from their home institution, written by their supervisor, detailing academic background and current research project, and valid ID)

  • Professors of the Institute and of other Pontifical universities and institutes;
  • Professors, assistants and researchers of State universities (with ID)

All, without exception, should complete the admission form accurately and legibly, subject for renewal at the beginning of each academic year.

Contact

Director: François P. Gick, SJ

Aquisitions: Br. Ryszar Raczka, SJ

Reading Room: Stefano Rossano, Eleanora Mosconi

Phone: +39.06.44741.7122

Email: biblioteca@pontificio-orientale.it

an administrative staff at the Pontifical Oriental Institute

Accessing the Library

Requirements

Access to the Library is permitted to:

  • Students regularly enrolled in the Institute (with ID card, issued by the Secretariat);
  • Students of other Pontifical universities, institutes and academies (with ID card issued by their institutes);
  • Students and graduate students of State universities (with a cover letter from their home institution, written by their supervisor, detailing academic background and current research project, and valid ID)

  • Professors of the Institute and of other Pontifical universities and institutes;
  • Professors, assistants and researchers of State universities (with ID)

All, without exception, should complete the admission form accurately and legibly, subject for renewal at the beginning of each academic year.

Contact

Director: François P. Gick, SJ

Aquisitions: Br. Ryszar Raczka, SJ

Reading Room: Stefano Rossano, Eleanora Mosconi

Phone: +39.06.44741.7122

Email: biblioteca@pontificio-orientale.it

an administrative staff at the Pontifical Oriental Institute

Services

Internet & Mailing List

Internet can be connected to in the Reading room via WiFi. The password can be requested at the circulation desk.

 

Join the Library mailing list to be informed about opening and closing schedules, holidays and other activities.

Photocopying

Copyright Law: According to the Italian copyright law (L. 248/2000) no more than 15% of each publication can be reproduced. Our service strictly follows this rule.

 

It is prohibited to copy the following publications:

 

  • Dictionaries
  • Newspapers
  • Atlases
  • Encyclopedias
  • Greek and Latin Patrology
  • Books of very large sizes
  • Books on display in the reading room
  • Damaged books
  • Dissertations
  • Ancient books

 

Out of Print: These volumes must be examined by staff to decide if they are eligible for copying. If you have any doubts, please ask the Library staff.

 

Photocopy Cards: Price: 5 euro for 130 copies; These cards are sold at the entrance desk.

Bibliographic Research

  • The Electronic Library Catalog (OPAC) can be accessed through the following link: Catalog
  • The wireless system allows users to access three databases: AtlaReligionDataBase, Jstor and CCEOL (Central Eastern European Online Library)
  • Library personnel is always available in person and also via email to help users in specific searches and explain how the catalog search functions

Reference & Reading Room

  • There is no outside borrowing. Library materials can only be consulted on the premises.
  • After searching and compiling request form(s), the user can deposit the form(s) in a plastic transparent box at the circulation desk. The books will be made available within a short period of time. No more than 5 books can be requested in one day.
  • It is possible to reserve books (except for rare ones and those in the Reading room), by making it known to the Librarian in the Reading room, who keeps them in order near the Circulation desk on shelves marked by a card with the user’s surname.
  • Pen and paper to take notes are also available to users.

Library Policies

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Code of Conduct
Library regulations must be respected. In case of a violation on the part of a user, Library access may be discontinued.

 

  • Mobile phones must be switched off when entering the Reading room.
  • Users must affix a legible signature on the attendance register once a day.
  • Student ID or any type of identification document must be left at the Circulation desk.
  • Bags, briefcases and folders must be deposited in their allocated space.
  • Silence must be rigorously observed.
  • Request forms for books must be filled out accurately and legibly in their entirety, including applicant name, surname and the date.
  • Books are to be returned at the end of their use to a place at the Circulation desk marked by a green arrow.
  • Library materials (books, furnishings, devices and all else) are to be protected and handled with care. For example, do not lean on books while taking notes.
  • All seats in the Reading room are available for study, except the ones equipped with computer terminals used for searching the Library catalog.
  • Books from the Reading room are to be returned to their proper places at the end of their use and before closing time.
  • Copyright norms regarding photocopies are to be observed. Please discuss with the Librarian in charge what documents can or cannot be photocopied.
  • Read the notice board carefully.

It is expressly prohibited to:

 

  • Keep a mobile phone on, or, worse, to leave it on in a bags; anyone who has a phone ringing in the Reading room will be reprimanded and told to leave.
  • Remove books or fascicules from the premises (in which case, admission to the Library will be denied).
  • Use books reserved by others, without informing the Librarian in charge.
  • Place deposited books pertaining to the Reading room.
  • Eat or drink in the Library.
  • Photograph Library materials by using (phone, camera, scanner, iPad or other devices).
  • Download films, music and anything else that might damage or slow down the Internet system.