Leonardo Campus Library - BCL

General Information

2 Via Ampère - 20131 Milan (Bonardi Campus - building 11) - Map
To access the library you need your magnetic card (Policard)
Reading spaces: 321

Information on services and the use of resources: = apre un link interno nella finestra correnteAsk@your library
Services for the public: 02.2399.2685 / 2680
History section: 02.2399.2693
Specialist Reference: 02.2399.2667
Reserved consultation: 02.2399.2687
Manager: Carmela Cirulli

For notices and closures: check section = apre un link interno nella finestra correntenews

Opening hours

Library - mezzanine floor and basement
Monday - Sunday 8.00 am to 11.45 pm (loan requests and returns until 11.30 pm)

Historical section - basement
The materials are accessible from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4 pm at the temporary desk that you can access externally from the patio, in the basement (go down the stairs in front of the entrance to the library and exit the door on the left).

- Paper cartography: Tuesday and Thursday: from 10 am to 12 pm, form 2 pm to 4 pm; Friday: from 10 am to 12 pm - Reserved consultation - basement, building 2, piazza Leonardo da Vinci  32.
- Digital cartography: Monday - Friday from 9 am to 4 pm at Specialist Reference office, mezzanine floor 
Further information are available at BCL-Cartography

Specialist Reference service - mezzanine floor
Monday - Friday 9 am to 4 pm
Further information are available at http://www.biblio.polimi.it/en/services/specialist-reference/

Services carrying additional charges are available:
Monday - Friday from 8.30 am to 11.30 pm
Saturday and Sunday from 8.00 am to 11.30 pm

Reserved consultation - basement, building 2, piazza Leonardo da Vinci  32

(journals and books for internal consultation only as indicated in the online catalogue)
Tuesday and Thursday: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm; 2 pm - 4 pm; Friday: 10.00 am - 12.00 pm.
For information: consultazioneriservataleonardo-asab(at)polimi.it
ph. 02.2399.2687



For more information about users and library services (loans, renewals, intra-university loans, inter-library loans, document delivery, photocopies) visit the general section of the website http://www.biblio.polimi.it/en/services/

Please note that

  • if you need help you can ask the librarian at the Specialist Reference service desk
  • there is a machine for automatically signing out books, working with the user's personal badge
  • you can borrow the books located on open shelf with shelfmark BCA - except those with the label printed in red
    ATTENTION: due to the works in progress in the library, form 18th September 2018 the books with shelfmark from BCA 000 to BCA 343 result as "not available". In case you need to consult one of these books, please send a request to Ask@yourlibrary service, indicating the title, the author, the shelfmark and the inventory number..
  • the books with shelfmark BCA required via the online catalogue will be kept aside the following day, or the first available day when the library is closed, at the times established for the loan service
  • the books and the journals stored in the Historical Section, are available only for onsite use. Requests must be made at the circulation desk in the basement
  • the cartographic material may be requested at Reserved consultation room - basement, building 2, piazza Leonardo da Vinci  32.
  • the collections from the ex department libraries and a part of the collection from the ex Central Engineering Library are stored in external storehouses. These documents may be requested and they are available as shown in red on the online catalogue (web version).
    The waiting times are different depending on where the storehouse is located: documents from Leonardo storehouses may be delivered in 1 working day, while documents from Bovisa storehouses are collected twice a week.
  • 4 photocopiers are available
  • you cannot photocopy books with shelfmark BC REF, bound periodicals, antique and valuable materials, damaged books and large format books

From workstations in the library you can access Politecnico websites, catalogues and subscribed eletronic resources (electronic journals, databases, e-books ...)

Description of the library's archives

The Leonardo Campus Library was born in 2017, and it is  the result of the confluence of different collections:

  • the collection from the ex Central Architecture Library: italian and foreign scientific works mainly dedicated to architecture, art, town planning, design, interior design, landscapes, restoration and museology.
    There are also the texts adopted and recommended for graduate courses in the school of architecture.
  • the most used part of the collection from the ex Central Engineering library: italian and foreign scientific works on, engineering, applied sciences, pure sciences, statistics, history, industrial history.
    There are also the texts adopted and recommended for graduate courses in the schools of Engineering.
  • the collections from the ex department libraries.
  • the cartographic material previously stored at TeDOC.

Books published after 1970 (shelfmark BCA) are located on open shelves on the basis of the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC).
A lot of journals are available, some of which on current subscription.
The most of journals published after 1979 are available on open shelves.

Historical Section includes general reference works, books published prior to 1970, antique, rare and valuable books, out of print books. This section includes collections of periodicals published prior to 1979 and also later issues for some journals titles frequently used.

You can find all books and journals available in the library searching the online catalogue or using the discovery tool SEARCH