Undergraduate and graduate programmes offered by the University iuav of Venice:

The Library



The library holds one of the most important and exhaustive collections, which is growing and being updated continuously, of architectural and urban and regional planning books  and journals, printed and digital.

More than 3600 periodicals make up the holdings of Italian and international literature. The library and its holdings are a fundamental resource for teaching and research at the Universitą Iuav di Venezia and can be considered a national reference point for architecture and some related disciplines. For some years collections on design, fashion and theatre have been growing. Specific keynotes, handbooks and general publications to support the teaching of the University are available. Moreover, the library holdings include dissertations (since 1983), and some valuable items: the Daniela Palazzoli Special Collection; the Italo Zannier Special Collection, an extraordinary collection of books and journals on the history of photography, owned by the popular photographer and critic, and the personal collections of the architects Mario Labņ, Giovanni Sardi and Giorgio Wenter Marini, which include some antique books and publications of the first half of the 20th century.


Main Library Admission and lending policy

Entrance to the library is free and open to the public. Open-shelf books and periodicals are available for consultation. To request items located in closed areas, users have to register at the entrance of the library and then place their requests through the on line catalogue. Loans are allowed to all Iuav University members (students, academic and non-academic staff, PhD students and collaborators) and to all the members of the Universities of the Veneto Region. Dissertations, as well as rare and antique books, special collections and other non-circulating materials are available only for consultation in the Special Collections Reading Room. 


Library computers and WiFi access

Public-use computers that do not need a user ID are available for non-Iuav members to search the OPAC of the Venetian consortium (Polo VEA-SBN) and to request books and periodicals on loan or for consultation. Other computers are available for registered users to access bibliographic databases and other e-resources; users can also access the internet with their own devices, through WiFi connection.


Photocopies and digital reproductions

it is possible to make copies or digital reproductions by purchasing a photocopier card: the service is subject to current copyright law.


Reference,  and Inter-library loan

Reference service is available to all users, at the library or via e-mail, (infobiblioteca@iuav.it) with the support of librarians, who provide assistance for  searching all information sources available, such as specific bibliographic databases, directories, and other library catalogues. Interlibrary loan and document delivery (email: ill-dd@iuav.it) is restricted to Iuav University members, who may request book loans or copies of journal articles and book chapters which are not available at the Iuav University or in other libraries in Venice. Service is subject to the current copyright law and might be charged for some items requested.


Catalogues, databases and electronic resources

All information on library holdings is available on the on line catalogue. Iuav Library produces the most important Italian Architecture and Urban Planning Periodical Index in cooperation with the The Italian Association of Architecture Libraries (Coordinamento Nazionale Biblioteche di Architettura - CNBA). More than 7.000 new records are added to the database every year. This catalogue and other bibliographic and full-text databases are also accessible to Iuav users from outside the University network (User ID is required). The discovery tool primo.iuav.it provides access to all the information resources mentioned above, as well as to the Projects Archive, the Map Collection and the Slide Collection catalogues and digitized images. 


Suggest an acquisition

It is possible to suggest that a certain book be acquired by submitting the filled in form available from the on line catalogue of the Venetian consortium (Polo VEA-SBN) or simply writing: biblioteca.acquisizioni@iuav.it

All suggestions will have to be approved by librarians.


Cultural events

The library organizes various events, including exhibitions, public talks, meetings, workshops,conferences, guided tours and much more. In particular, the project of the library scientific committee, as a strategic policy, is to promote the library collections, Iuav publications and Iuav University research activities.



The Universitą Iuav di Venezia Library System promotes cooperation and projects which aim to improve and develop the dissemination of information on the subjects of Architecture and Urban Planning, with agreements and membership of The National Library Service (Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale– SBN), The Italian Association of Architecture Libraries (CNBA), Archinet and Urbandata Associations and the University of Padua and the Ca’ Foscari University of Venice Library System. 



on opening hours, services and how to search library catalogues and electronic resources are available on the library website sbd.iuav.it




Universitą Iuav di Venezia

Sistema bibliotecario e documentale di Ateneo

University Library System



Biblioteca Iuav

Iuav Library

Tolentini, Santa Croce, 191 

I–30135 Venezia

+39.041 2571104



Monday to Friday  9 am – 11.45 pm

the first non-holiday Monday every month

14 am –11.45 pm


Periodicals room and Special

Collection Reading Room

Monday to Friday 9 am – 8 pm


Special Collection Reading room (2. Floor)

Monday to Friday 9 am – 8 pm


Video Collection

Monday to Friday 9 am – 6 pm


Biblioteca e Cartoteca Circe

Library and Map Collection

Tolentini, Santa Croce, 191 

I–30135 Venezia

+39.041 2571515

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

10.00 am – 12.30am

Tuesday and Thursday

2.00 pm – 4.00 pm



Slide Collection

Palazzo Badoer, Calle della Laca

San Polo, 2468 I–30125 Venezia

+39.041 2571454



Archivio Progetti

Projects Archive

Cotonificio, Santa Marta

Dorsoduro, 2196 I–30123 Venezia

+39.041 2571012


Monday to Friday  9.30 am – 2 pm

In summer (July-September) the Library opening times may change

The Library is closed during the month of August and for Christmas holidays.