Montedison Historical Library

General information

Administrative offices and services: Durando Campus Library, 72 Via Candiani - 20158 Milan (Bovisa Durando Campus - Building B1) 
Storage area: Sesto Ulteriano
Services for the public: 02.2399.5684
Email: apre una finestra per invio e-mailbiblioteca.storica.montedison(at)

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Opening hours

Monday - Friday 9.00 am to 6.00 pm   
at the Durando Campus Library


The library's catalogue can be consulted from the university's online catalogue

Reference and loans

  • Loans: only monographs published since 1960, in good condition
  • Reference only: monographs published before 1960 or in poor condition, and journals. 
  • External Libraries may request documents through interlibrary loans, following the guidelines of the service = apre un link interno nella finestra corrente ILL

External users may use the services for a fee:

  • loans: available with the purchase of a pass, starting with the 25.00 Euros monthly pass, which allows for 5 volumes to be borrowed at a time   
  • reference: for a fee of 11.00 Euros users can consult up to five volumes or years at a time; for requests over this limit an additional fee of 11.00 Euros will apply for each five volumes or years requested.

Documents are available to users on request, by sending an e-mail to  apre una finestra per invio e-mail biblioteca.storica.montedison(at), indicating in the subject field "BSM reservation" and the following information:

  • full name of the applicant
  • registration number and position held within the university (student, professor, technical staff etc.)
  • for external users: field of research and reason for the request.

For monograph requests indicate the TITLE of the monograph + SHELFMARK and INVENTORY NO. (information available on the online catalogue)

Before making periodical requests, the user must verify the availability of the year being requested by consulting the file inizia il downolad del filePeriodici BSM, indicating in the e-mail the TITLE of the periodical + SHELFMARK (information available on the online catalogue) + YEAR OF PUBLICATION, volume, month and/or issue number.

The documents will be available within 3 working days from when the confirmation notice is sent via e-mail and no more than 6 working days from when the request is submitted.
At the Loan Service of the Durando Campus Library a photocopy service is available for a fee for the reproduction of parts of documents (within the limits of the law on copyright) using the self-service photocopying machines. The following cannot be photocopied: antique materials, valuable items and materials with particular problems related to preservation, according to the indications of the library staff.

Description of the library's archives

The Biblioteca Storica Montedison, at the time of its closure in 1981, consisted of about 290,000 volumes (including monographs and vintage bound periodicals) related to a variety of disciplines, mainly on pure and applied science, technology, law and social sciences. The estate was divided between the Milan universities including Bocconi, Cattolica, the State university and the Politecnico, which was given the majority of the scientific and technical works and related periodicals. The collection acquired by the Politecnico di Milano consists of approximately 45,500 monograph volumes and 2207 magazine titles covering a period from the late nineteenth century to the second half of the twentieth century.