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"Pasquale Foresi" Library

The Pasquale Foresi Library is adjacent to the lecture halls and is accessible from a separate entrance. Here, you will find the reading room, equipped with fifty-four tables for study and research, and the media library, with eighteen study tables, a journal collection, and eight computers with access to servers, internet services and the printer. You will find the library staff in the reference area.

The staff is composed of the Director, Prof. Sergio Rondinara, and the librarian, Ms Laura Signore. The reference service is available every day from 9 am to 1.30 pm for Sophia students and residents of the surrounding area.

The open-shelf library was inaugurated on 1st December 2008, and its collection has grown over the years through acquisitions and donations. It currently comprises approximately 20,000 volumes, the majority of which are catalogued and available for consultation on the Italian National Libraries Service (SBN). Since its early days, the library has developed its very own book classification and arrangement system in order to reflect the Institute’s characteristic nature, experience and approach to knowledge.

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The Library is part of the Italian National Libraries Service (SBN) through the Ecclesiastical Libraries Pole (PBE). In order to access the catalogue, you need to:
  1. Select the preferred search mode (Simple search, Advanced search, etc.)
  2. Click on Opzioni selezionate (Selected options)
  3. In the Opzioni per limitare i risultati di ricerca (Other filters) section, select [PBE 41] Biblioteca dell’Istituto Universitario Sophia from the Seleziona sede (select library) drop-down menu.
  4. Insert the necessary information (author, title, etc.) in the top section and start the search.
  5. Once you have found the item of your choice, browse through the information overview to check if a copy is available at Sophia University Institute and where to find it.

Collections cover the following subjects:


General Works
The Scriptures
Fathers of the Church and Tradition
Spirituality and Mysticism

Theology
Religion and Religions
History
Philosophy
Scientific Rationality

Science of the Person
Social Sciences
Politics
Art and Literature

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 9:00 am to 1:30 pm and 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm
ADMISSION FREE

Director Sergio Rondinara
Librarian
Laura Signore

For further information, please call +39 055 9051514
or email us at biblioteca@iu-sophia.org

Pasquale Foresi (1929-2015) was the first co-president of the Focolare Movement – Work of Mary. With his rich personality, he accompanied foundress Chiara Lubich and played a fundamental role in enabling the charism of unity to fully express itself. The remarkable and in many ways paradigmatic unity between Chiara Lubich and Pasquale Foresi allowed some essential aspects of the doctrine and culture of the budding Movement to emerge and take shape, including the Movement’s regulations, educational structures and publishing activity. ‘A life rooted in wisdom’ – those were the words used by Giuseppe Maria Zanghì to describe Pasquale Foresi’s existence, which laid the foundations for both the Abba School and the Sophia University Institute.

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