The INGV library system consists of 7 libraries: Rome, Bologna, Porto Venere (SP), Milan, Naples, Catania and Palermo inserted in the sections of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology. The structures guarantee advanced services to support research in the geophysical and volcanological fields.
The most significant activities promoted by the INGV libraries concern: a digital library which makes approximately 500 electronic journals available to accredited users and an open access international archive for geosciences (7300 full text documents currently available).
The central library of Rome and those of the other sections
The central library of Rome
The central library of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, established in 1936, is one of the largest specialist institutions in the geophysical sector at an international level. The documentary collections develop the Institute's research themes: Seismology, Volcanology, Physics of the Upper Atmosphere and the Interior of the Earth, Geochemistry, Seismic and Volcanic Risk. The library is open to the public and guarantees bibliographic research to those who request it through the "Ask the librarian" form. The services provided are: on-site photocopies in compliance with current copyright regulations, consultation of books and magazines in electronic and paper format, the document delivery service through the NILDE and ACNP channels and interlibrary loan. No loan is made to external users except through other libraries that guarantee the same services, the correctness of the loan procedures and any damage or loss of the document. The library has about 8000 modern volumes, 200 volumes of historical value, 150 current periodicals and 500 electronic journals, 7000 maps: geological, topographic and a collection of bathymetric maps.
The central library of Bologna
The central library of Catania
The central library of Naples
The Library of the Naples section, Osservatorio Vesuviano is a specialized library in the field of earth sciences, particularly rich in books on volcanology, seismology, meteorology, and contains some works of particular interest for the history of earth sciences in general. Its historical nucleus is in the collection of Teodoro Monticelli (perpetual secretary of the Academy of Sciences of Naples), purchased, in the second half of the 10th century, by the director of the Luigi Palmieri Observatory; this nucleus, made up, among other things, of 64 sixteenth-century and 900 seventeenth-century works by Italian authors such as: della Torre, Braccini, Giuliani, Breislak, Monticelli, as well as those by Hamilton, Schmidt, Roth, Fuchs, Phillips, up to arrive at the works of Johnston-Lavis and Frank A. Perret, dated to the early 328s. The modern section includes volumes on volcanology, geochemistry, physics of volcanism, seismology, geophysics, as well as scientific journals pertaining to the research fields developed by the institution. The Historical Section and the Modern Section are located in the scientific-administrative headquarters in Via Diocleziano 8, Naples. The Periodicals Section, the largest (several hundreds of journal titles), is located partly in the premises of the historic headquarters, in Herculaneum, on the slopes of Vesuvius, partly in those of the scientific-administrative headquarters (in the latter the last ten years of current magazines). The consultation of the material, as well as the request for bibliographic information and the document delivery service are allowed to everyone, in the premises of the scientific-administrative office, from Monday to Friday, from 30:13 to 00:14; 00:16-15:XNUMX.
The holdings of the library of the Palermo section of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV) are strongly characterized in the geochemical and volcanological fields. It includes reference books, monographs, periodicals, encyclopaedias, bulletins and reports and collects the volumes owned by the library of the Institute of Fluid Geochemistry (IGF), an organ of the National Research Council, which in January 2001 merges into the new institution ( INGV).
The themes and topics covered in the monographs of the library essentially belong to the following disciplines: geography and physical geography, oceanography, environmental sciences, general science, mathematics, physics, chemistry, geology, natural history - biology, microbiology, social aspects of medicine, agriculture general, environmental and chemical technology and technology, mining engineering. Overall, the library has about 2500 volumes.
The central library of Portovenere
The Library of the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology at the Porto Venere site is a specialized technical-scientific structure included in the INGV library system and in the SBN Ligure Pole and operates at a local level. It helps to disseminate information, documents and multimedia material to professors, student researchers and citizens.
The documentary heritage is mainly of a geological and geophysical nature and mostly electronic. In order to manage the library service in the Porto Venere office there is a librarian contact person who, given the specificity of the sector, acts simultaneously as a consultant, expert and "facilitator" in the use of the library for users, thus guaranteeing a quality service .
The Nautilus children's science library: - favors the promotion of study and reading in the field of earth sciences; - allows the enhancement of scientific book production for children to facilitate dialogue between the world of research and school; - promotes new paths of knowledge in the scientific field allowing the development of creativity of children in these sectors; - stimulates new bibliographic initiatives in research sectors of great cultural interest.
International open archive dedicated to Geosciences: facilitates dialogue between researchers of different nationalities, increases the impact and visibility of documents and research results in these fields.