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Historical Library

Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, 32 - 20133 Milano (building 9, firt floor, entrance B)


Services for the public:

The access to the library is free for all internal and external users. 



The consultation service is available only by reservation to send a mail to



  • the books stored in the Historical Library are available only for on site reading.
  • the Consultation service is available only by reservation, writing to
  • the books of the Historical Library cannot be photocopied due to conservation reasons.

         If you need support or further information you can write to or toAsk@yourlibrary service


The Historical Library was founded in 2018 with the aim of collecting, conserving and enhancing the most ancient and precious library heritage of the Politecnico, particularly the books published from about 1500 to 1899.

These books constitute the foundations of the Milanese and Lombard polytechnic culture, with a rich section of illustrated manuals for the civil and industrial construction sector.

About 5.000 books of the historical collections of Architecture and Engineering are stored on the shelves of the library reading room, divided into disciplinary sectors.

Some 18.000 books are located in a storehouse inside the campus: these are the collections of the University Historical Funds (Brioschi, Fantoli, Frisi, Masotti, Piola e Ranza), the books illustrated in large format (atlases), other collections divided by disciplinary sectors

You can find the books available in the library searching the catalogue or using the discovery tool BIBLIOSEARCH.

Head of Leonardo Libraries and Poliprint Unit: Carmela Cirulli, ph. 02.2399.6934, e-mail:
Manager of Campus Life Division: Chiara Pesenti, ph. 02.2399.2428, e-mail 

Carmela Sciuto - ph. 02.2399.4137 - e-mail