BFM borrowing service reopens at Polo Biologico and Polo San Luigi starting from 22/6/2020 (details here). All the other library services are still remotely delivered (info here). August timetables for the BFM services are available here.

Reading & Borrowing

Reading Rooms

You can gain access to the BFM collections of print books and open-shelf journals in the reading rooms of each BFM site.

Reading rooms are accessible to users during the opening hours.



Borrowing service is available in all the BFM sites for faculty, students, and staff of the University of Turin, University of Piemonte Orientale, University of Valle d’Aosta, and to healthcare practitioners of Città della Salute e della Scienza, and Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria San Luigi Gonzaga.


What can I borrow?

Most books available in BFM collections, except thesis and dissertations, ancient or rare books, encyclopaedias, dictionaries, journal issues, and other materials only available for reading on site.


How many books and how long can I borrow them for?

Standard loan: up to 3 books for 20 days (40 days for EDISU* handbooks). Renewable for a maximum total loan period of 40 days (60 days for EDISU handbooks).

Short loan: up to 3 books for 7 days. Short loan collections usually contain high-demand items from course reading lists. Renewable for a maximum total loan period of 14 days.


When can I renew a loan?

You can renew your loans as long as the books you borrowed have not been requested by other library users, and you do not have overdue notices. Renewals are allowed before or on the day the item is due.



You can book or renew a loan by logging in to “Spazio personale” in the right upper corner of UniTO Library Catalogue.  

You can also check your loans by following these steps:

  • Click on "Spazio personale"
  • Log in with your UniTO username and password
  • Select "My Area"
  • Click on "Check out items”