Italian in Italy


Reader's card from the National Library

Public libraries in Italy are accessible to everyone. To borrow a book, one must simply present an ID. One or two libraries are found in each Italian city; one will not find libraries in the smaller towns.University libraries are accessible only to students, professors or high school teachers. Other residents are occasionally permitted to use these facilities with special permission from library staff.Large research libraries require a special document for entry, which must be obtained through a process that frequently requires a letter of introduction stating the nature of the research in progress. Once inside, the library patron must request books or manuscripts from the library staff; most of the material in these libraries does not circulate, and there is a limit on the number of requests one can make daily.