What is the service?

The Bank of Italy's collections are managed by two libraries: the Paolo Baffi Library, which specializes in banking, finance and economics, and the legal library, which specializes in banking and financial law. The total collection amounts to 150,000 volumes, 8,500 periodical publications on paper, and 1,300 electronic resources.

You can:

  • consult the catalogue and collections in the reading rooms;
  • make photocopies, within the limits of copyright law;
  • consult via Internet the Library catalogue and the catalogue of on-line resources;
  • get remote bibliographical and documentary information services.

Who can use the library?

People with an interest in banking and financial studies: university professors, researchers, economists, legal scholars, scholars or researchers at other institutions, and university students.


For access to the reading rooms, researchers must:

  • apply by telephone, Monday to Friday, 10:00-12:00 and 14:30-16:30;
  • present a valid ID document at the porter's lodge;
  • fill out the admission form in the reading room:
  • furnish, in the case of students, a letter of presentation from a university professor or an employee of the Bank of Italy; the letter is valid for one year.


Address: Via Nazionale 91 - 00184 Rome


Monday-Friday, 8:30-16:00. Closed national holidays, the last three working days of May, 29 June, 14 August, 24 and 31 December.


Tel.: + 39.06.47922404, for information and booking
e-mail: bibliotecabaffi@bancaditalia.it
Fax: +39.06.47922059


Address: Via Nazionale 91 - 00184 Rome


Monday-Friday, 9:00-12:30 and 14:00-16:00. Closed national holidays, the last three working days of May, 29 June, 14 August, 24 and 31 December.


Tel.: + 39.06.47925386, for information and booking
e-mail: bibliotecagiuridica@bancaditalia.it
Fax: +39.06.47922397

Using the Library

Most of the collections can be searched online using the online catalogue. This contains a bibliography of all the works acquired by the Paolo Baffi Library since 1965 and the entire contents of the Law Library.

The Paolo Baffi Library has the following catalogues as well: periodicals catalogue; catalogue of electronic resources;  paper-based catalogue listing works acquired between 1894 and 1964. The periodicals catalogue can be consulted using the Catalogo nazionale dei periodici (ACNP) and contains a bibliography of most of the works owned by the Library; the catalogue on online resources contains electronic periodicals, working papers and databases.

Bibliographical and documentary information service

The service is available in the two reading rooms as well as externally. It is free of charge and can be accessed as follows:

  • requests should be sent by e-mail or fax and must contain a contact telephone number and/or e-mail address and a postal address
    e-mail: bibliotecabaffi@bancaditalia.it
    fax +39 0647922059
    e-mail: bibliotecagiuridica@bancaditalia.it
    fax +39 0647922397
  • results will be returned by e-mail or by post; postage will be paid by the Bank of Italy
  • requests should specify the title of the research and any information that may be helpful in obtaining the best possible results, such as the language and the time period of interest

Photocopying service

The Paolo Baffi Library offers a photocopying service up to the limit set by copyright law (15% of each volume or series of periodicals, for personal use only).

Requests should be sent by e-mail (bibliotecabaffi.dd@bancaditalia.it) or fax (+39 06 4792 2059) and must contain a contact telephone number and/or e-mail address, as well as a postal address.
Charges, including postage by priority mail, are as follows:

  • 1-20 photocopies € 5,00
  • each additional photocopy € 0,20

Postage by other method or abroad will be charged to the user. Payment can be made by bank transfer, ‘non transferable’ cashier’s cheque or ‘non transferable’ banker’s draft, following the instructions that will be sent with the invoice.

The service is free of charge for other libraries on an exchange basis, within the limits authorised by copyright law. Requests should be sent as above. Libraries belonging to NILDE (Network Inter-Library Document Exchange) should send their requests through the website https://nilde.bo.cnr.it. The photocopies will be sent by fax or by post only at the Bank’s expense. The photocopying service is also available in the reading rooms.



Related Topics

The Library

The Bank of Italy’s Library was established in 1894. It is divided into an economics section, named after Paolo Baffi, Governor from 1975 to 1979, containing specialist volumes on banking, finance and general economics, and a law section. Both provide the Bank’s staff with an important research tool and are also open for consultation by the general public, particularly academics, economists, experts from other institutions and university students.